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Opinion: YouTube's Twitch acquisition rife with peril and possibilities

By Steve Watts, May 21, 2014 7:00am PDT

Reports circulated over the weekend that YouTube (under Google) is planning to acquire Twitch for more than $1 billion. Just how beneficial this is to gamers will depend largely on how autonomous Twitch is allowed to be under the Google banner.

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"That, or I only watch Twitch on my iPad and it's the device that makes the difference. I have ..."

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Shack Snack: May 19, 2014

By Steven Wong, May 19, 2014 6:00pm PDT

End your day with a Shack Snack, a short recap of three big stories you should know. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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"this was actually pretty interesting. not a fan of the preview stuff at the beginning of the ..."

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YouTube acquires Twitch for more than $1 billion [Update]

By Ozzie Mejia, May 18, 2014 3:30pm PDT

YouTube has reached a deal to acquire video game streaming company Twitch. The deal is reportedly for more than $1 billion, all in cash. The deal would be the largest in YouTube's history.

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"I'd say with the continued success of video games in general, the continued growth of online ..."

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Operation Supply Drop charity drive hit with DDoS attack

By Ozzie Mejia, May 17, 2014 12:40pm PDT

Operation Supply Drop is in the middle of their 8 Bit Salute charity drive for overseas troops this week. Unfortunately, the site that takes donations has been hit with a concentrated DDoS attack and is not expected to recover until the event is over.

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 18: Demon's Souls, Path of Exile, and DayZ

By Ozzie Mejia, May 17, 2014 12:00pm PDT

Welcome to another edition of Chatty Twitch Highlights, where we celebrate Chatty's live playthroughs of some of their favorite games of the moment. This week, dael takes us back to the early days of the Souls series with a playthrough of Demon's Souls, kazanma runs through ...

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"The magic does look like a lot of fun in this game. I wonder if it's easy to jump in fresh now ..."

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 17: WildStar, Don't Starve: Reign of Giants, and more

By Ozzie Mejia, May 10, 2014 12:00pm PDT

It's time, once again, to celebrate Chatty's contribution to the Twitch universe. Three more of Shacknews' best posters are here to offer up a tour of three more amazing games. This week, draco returns with WildStar, while Mmmmoo shows off his momentary mastery of Titanfall ...

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 16: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dark Souls 2, and more

By Ozzie Mejia, May 03, 2014 12:00pm PDT

Since tomorrow is Star Wars Day, it's only appropriate that we celebrate the occasion with this week's Twitch highlights. Chatty's draco is here to get you in the mood with a playthrough of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Meanwhile, Mercfox1 ventures into another part of space ...

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 15: Project Zomboid, Trials Fusion, and more

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 26, 2014 12:00pm PDT

Chatty wraps up the month of April by offering up some memorable Twitch highlights. This week's batch is led by Sapiens taking a look through the Steam Early Access zombie survival game, Project Zomboid, as he literally tears through dozens of the undead. That's followed up ...

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"MY FAILURES FOR ALL TO SEE Trials is such a slow-burn game for me. I can't grind it out for ..."

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 14: KSP, Dota 2, and Shackbattling in Battlefield 4

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 19, 2014 12:00pm PDT

It's time to go into space for this week's Chatty Twitch Highlights. Mercfox1 is ready to launch a rocket in Kerbal Space Program. It goes as well as you'd expect... and that's to say, not well at all. That's followed up with some community Chatty activity on Dota 2, along w...

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 13: The Elder Scrolls Online, TF2, and Shadow of the Colossus

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 12, 2014 12:00pm PDT

There's a lot of nostalgia on this week's Twitch menu, but not until we take a look at one of the more recent (and divisive) games of the last few weeks. Chatty's inc77 plays through The Elder Scrolls Online and actually likes what he sees. Meanwhile, Sapiens plays through t...

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 12: BF4 Shackbattle, Warframe, and Dota 2

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 05, 2014 12:00pm PDT

It's the first Saturday in April and that means it's time to take a look at the Shacknews Chatty community's latest exploits on Twitch. This week, our hardened crew of Battlefield 4 soldiers get together for their weekly Shackbattle along Siege of Shanghai and Paracel Storm....

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"Huh, when I looked at it yesterday to save forever that's the version I saw. The archived ..."

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Twitch private Group Chat feature enters beta

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 03, 2014 1:45pm PDT

Twitch has launched a new Group Chat beta, which will allow groups of friends to get together in a private room, separate from a channel's main chat area.

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 11: Luck of the draw

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 29, 2014 12:00pm PDT

To end this March, the Twitch Roundup highlights three more of the past week's highlights. ChiefSquattingBear comes oh-so-close to progressing in Rogue Legacy, mrwolf710 gets lucky with his loot drops in Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, and Awun shows off some of the WildStar beta...

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 10: Wedding Bells and Shackbattles

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 22, 2014 12:00pm PDT

This week's Twitch Roundup takes us into some recent territory with Lickuright playing Titanfall on Xbox One and Robotic Puppy Eater trying out Deus Ex: The Fall's new PC version. Then it's Shackbattle time, as sergeon takes us into Battlefield 4 to celebrate trOmblyj's wedd...

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PlayStation Camera shortage caused by Twitch's popularity on PS4

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 20, 2014 6:00pm PDT

The PlayStation Camera for PS4 isn't supported by many games. Yet, why is it so hard to find in stores? In fact, it's been in such high demand that...

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"Annoying bitches are about the worst part of Twitch aside from chat comments."

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