YouTube may not have much in the way of competition (Vimeo? HA!), but the one online video platform that could easily give the Google giant a run for its money has to be Twitch. Twitch on its own is a behemoth of live-streaming with various channels dedicated to gaming. Now imagine all of that combined with YouTube should a deal go through.
According to Variety, YouTube and Google have a $1 billion deal on the table for a Twitch acquisition. A ridiculous sum of money, but an amount that could pay off thanks to the recent surge in Twitch popularity. With The International attracting plenty of visitors, hundreds of channels retaining a dedicated audience and Twitch itself claiming to have 45 million users every month, the numbers make sense.
There are benefits and downsides to all of this of course. While Twitch could easily stand to benefit from the tech behind YouTube that keeps the show smooth and stable, this could be another nightmare in the copyright claims department and another massive blow to people who make a living off of the streaming service.
Judgment Day Part Deux, according to current internet fears.
There’s one other hurdle though. If YouTube were to acquire Twitch, that could set up a potential monopoly, as Google is already scrambling their lawyers should the US of A Justice Department deem the acquisition to be a bit too one-sided for the two internet giants.
Twitch and YouTube have yet issue a comment about the rumour, and on the other side of the coin, The Wall Street Journal claims that the deal is still in the very, very early stages and that Twitch won’t be sold anytime soon.
Last Updated: May 19, 2014