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NateDrake
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(08-25-2014, 10:02 PM)
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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., the leading live video platform for gamers. In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling esports organizations.

“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”

“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming,” said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”

Twitch launched in June 2011 to focus exclusively on live video for gamers. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by Twitch’s shareholders, Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and other items. Subject to customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014.

It's official, folks.
Carl
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(08-25-2014, 10:03 PM)
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Wat
link1201
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(08-25-2014, 10:03 PM)
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wow that's a twist.
bassman2112
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(08-25-2014, 10:03 PM)
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Honestly, I feel better about Amazon acquiring Twitch over Google.

Hopefully Amazon Prime members can have an ad-free experience, haha.
Alienous
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(08-25-2014, 10:03 PM)
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Wait, what?
CambriaRising
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(08-25-2014, 10:03 PM)
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Well, okay then.
benny_a
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(08-25-2014, 10:03 PM)
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http://www.twitch.tv/p/thankyou

Letter from the CEO August 25, 2014 Dear Twitch Community, It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound. Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance - these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us. Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start. Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch. I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you’ve created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they’d get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much. It’s dangerous to go alone. On behalf of myself and everyone else at Twitch, thank you for coming with us. Emmett Shear, CEO

Daedardus
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(08-25-2014, 10:03 PM)
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Twitch saved or even worse off than with Google?
META
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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Better outook than if it had been YT/Google.

Amazon is great and I expect great things.

Originally Posted by benny_a

http://www.twitch.tv/p/thankyou

Letter from the CEO August 25, 2014 Dear Twitch Community, Thanks for making us richer beyond our fucking dreams. Emmett Shear, CEO

DMPrince
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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amazon for world domination.
KINGofCRA5H
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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Freakout in progress

http://www.twitch.tv/lirik
Arcayne
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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Victory!
Tampler
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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EDIT: Beaten
Tawpgun
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Better than google tbh.

I love google as a company they do top notch stuff but the google ID forced down everyones throat, especially through youtube is the WORST
SJRB
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Originally Posted by Daedardus

Twitch saved or even worse off than with Google?

Time will tell.

The formatting on that thankyou is crazy, haha.
Adry9
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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Well, at least it's not google. Right? RIGHT?
funkystudent
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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Curious how Twitch will be effected in countries Amazon doesnt sell stuff in.
sevenchaos
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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Gooooood.
jem0208
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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I thought Twitch was recently bought by Google? Or did that fall through?
Matts Legacy
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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Is this better than Google? I sure it might be.
BronsonLee
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
Wait, in cash? Huh.
DidntKnowJack
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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I did not see that coming.

...good news...?
The Dear Leader
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(08-25-2014, 10:04 PM)
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Wow this is going to be interesting.
Slowdive
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
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Better than Google buying them.
Gintoki
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
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I hope the site gets better
Revven
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
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Amazon I feel should be better than Google but we'll see, I guess. I'm relieved to see in the letter that the CEO of Twitch says they get to keep their independence. That puts me more at ease.

Then again, anything can happen so...
Percy
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
"Amazon acquires Twitch"

Amazon should see a doctor then, because that's sometimes an early symptom of an incoming stroke.
Last edited by Percy; 08-25-2014 at 10:10 PM.
TheWorthyEdge
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
Wow.....wonder what this means?
ChosenPredator
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
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damnmmmm
Imru’ al-Qays
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)

Originally Posted by Alienous

Wait, what?

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inky
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
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Not having to merge my YT account with my Twitch account now is the best news.
TheMonkeyBongo
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
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I'm glad it's Amazon and not Google!
Samurai_Heart
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
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Huh, wonder if Amazon will change it into Youtube competitor? Probs add parts of the service into Amazon Prime as well lol
Space Cowboy
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
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Wow.

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Hip Hop
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(08-25-2014, 10:05 PM)
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Let's see what comes out of this.
razgriz417
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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so now amazon has twitch and some game studios, interesting... Hopefully twitch streams get better now that they have amazon behind em
Mine01
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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Wut
brandonh83
(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by Matts Legacy

Is this better than Google? I sure it might be.

Surely. Look at Youtube.
mcrommert
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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Amazon is a good decision...look at audible and goodreads...amazon has only improved those services and not taken them over...great company to be bought by
Patryn
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by jem0208

I thought Twitch was recently bought by Google? Or did that fall through?

That was always a rumor, never official.
RdN
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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I thought they already had sold to Google? Well.. Amazon does have the infrastructure necessary to get Twitch running smoothly. We'll see.
Cranzor
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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Amazon is usually all right. Time will tell, I guess.
Revven
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by jem0208

I thought Twitch was recently bought by Google? Or did that fall through?

It fell through, it was never official but it definitely was something that was in discussion at some point (we assume so, anyway).
Haunted
(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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roll back vod changes and turn off the shitty audio recognition algorithm pls
LiK
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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Google am cry
Nakazato
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What a fucking second
BronsonLee
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)

Originally Posted by Revven

Amazon I feel should be better than Google but we'll see, I guess. I'm relieved to see in the letter that the CEO of Twitch says they get to keep their independence. That puts me more at ease.

Then again, anything can happen so...

Well, they bought Woot (which is far more tuned toward Amazon's bread and butter - selling stuff), and that seems to have just expanded, not changed, really. Amazon's been alright with their acquisitions so far.

Originally Posted by Haunted

roll back vod changes and turn off the shitty audio recognition algorithm pls

None of that will happen.
GazzaScotland
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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Wait...what? Damn.
Megasoum
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Great, now the Twitch CEO will be able to afford a keyboard with an "Enter" key... Wtf that wall of text.
DaBuddaDa
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(08-25-2014, 10:06 PM)
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Good that it's not Google. That's not to say Amazon will necessarily be all roses and puppies, however, YouTube having any sort of competition is a good thing.

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