Don’t worry the title of this article is correct, Amazon has purchased the video game streaming service Twitch for $970m, a move which a lot of people might have expected Google to be involved with after a number of reports claimed it.
Twitch was first founded in 2011 and allows users to watch other people play games, and allows broadcasters to make money whilst they do it, and still successfully as the service was reported to have 55 million monthly viewers in July of this year.
“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,” said Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos in a statement. “We look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community,” he added.
“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,” wrote Mr Shear, the CEO of Twitch continued in a letter to users.
“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.”
It will certainly be interesting to see what Amazon does with Twitch after the acquisition has been completed.