Report: Google acquires Twitch for $1 billion

Google's YouTube division reportedly taking the lead in acquisition.

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Google has reportedly reached a deal to buy twitch, after months of rumors regarding an acquisition. 

Venture Beat reports that the sticker price on the video game streaming service was put at $1 billion. YouTube is said to be in charge of the acquisition. Both Google and Twitch have declined to comment, but the word has been circulating of this possible deal since May.

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    July 24, 2014 2:55 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Report: Google acquires Twitch for $1 billion.

    Google's YouTube division reportedly taking the lead in acquisition.

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      July 24, 2014 3:41 PM

      Can't wait for the g+ integration =(

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        July 24, 2014 4:49 PM

        Indeed. I'm sure they'll make screwing up comments and profiles via G+ a priority.

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          July 24, 2014 4:59 PM

          That would be a surefire way of killing the social side of twitch.

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            July 24, 2014 9:49 PM

            You mean the endless copy/pasted dongers? Oh dear. What shall we do?

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              July 25, 2014 2:22 AM

              No longer make money on streaming, for one. How can you keep subscribers when they have to sign in to some arcane, poorly thought out facebook clone that doesn't even work half the time just so they can post highly filtered contents?

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              July 25, 2014 8:20 AM

              Hopefully realize that the "social side of Twitch" is more than super popular channels or events with thousands or tens of thousands of viewers where chat is mostly useless anyway. Small and medium sized channels utilize chat extensively, it's not just donger spam.

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        July 25, 2014 8:55 AM

        I honestly can't. The spam on Twitch makes chat entirely useless for any mildly popular page.

        G+ integration won't get rid of that completely but could help a ton.

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      July 24, 2014 3:48 PM

      Nooooooooooooo

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      July 24, 2014 3:48 PM

      Well, this sucks.

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      July 24, 2014 3:50 PM

      sigh...

      Although, there is the possibility that FTC regulations may not approve this. Since there aren't a ton of video sharing/streaming services I can see this might not immediately get approved by the government.

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      July 24, 2014 3:54 PM

      Please sign into your G+ Account to watch this stream.

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        July 24, 2014 7:19 PM

        and then watch these 5 ads.

        Oh is that a poster of the Avengers behind you? That is copyrighted, so you owe Disney $5 per view.

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      July 24, 2014 3:55 PM

      Well fuck.

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      July 24, 2014 4:04 PM

      Good.

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      July 24, 2014 4:52 PM

      Twitch, now with more buffering!

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      July 24, 2014 5:51 PM

      Has anyone else noticed that twitch has a more efficient video player than youtube?

      On my Core 2 Duo laptop I can watch 1080p on twtich, but 720p is the highest I can go for smooth playback on youtube.

      Hopefully google takes the hands-off approach like facebook is doing with oculus.

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        July 24, 2014 6:58 PM

        alot of it is that there are probably 100x more people watching youtube videos than twitch streams.

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          July 24, 2014 7:02 PM

          I think he was refering to his computer having a hardtime maintaining smooth playback on 1080p youtube videos

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          July 25, 2014 7:41 AM

          Quite the opposite experience for most people. They only recently started using hardware acceleration for playback (not sure if that's even site wide yet) and the VOD player is still terrible.

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        July 24, 2014 7:02 PM

        It's the opposite for me. Twitch runs like ass, YouTube is fine.

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        July 25, 2014 5:13 AM

        I doubt it. They want to spread that G+ virus everywhere.

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        July 25, 2014 6:12 AM

        this is going to be stream-specific on twitch, the twitch streamer has a ton of control over bitrate and other encoding options

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          July 25, 2014 7:43 AM

          very good point sir

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          July 25, 2014 8:26 AM

          I think he's referring to Flash playback performance which is independent of the streamer's settings outside of resolution and frame rate. Bitrate, video compression, etc. are going to have a negligible effect on how well the player itself performs.

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            July 25, 2014 8:33 AM

            there's nothing in his post that suggests that he somehow separated the impacts of the player from the decoder. he's seeing the effects of both. they both affect the impact on the viewer's system. higher bitrate absolutely takes more power to decode than a lower bitrate stream, even if they're both 1080p30.

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              July 25, 2014 8:49 AM

              I'd be interested in seeing his CPU vs GPU usage for Youtube and Twitch, I don't think there's enough of a bitrate disparity to make a noticeable difference in decoding performance. But I also I can't seem to find any solid information on the bitrates Youtube uses for its transcoding. :(

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                July 25, 2014 8:53 AM

                on my mac it's super noticeable. literally the difference between the fans running at full and the fans at idle, just going from one twitch stream to the next. this is largely due to flash being awful on mac, but it's the same awful for all the streams. the only difference is which stream i'm viewing

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                  July 25, 2014 8:54 AM

                  (i'm guessing there's more to it than bitrate, but you know more about encoding settings than i do.)

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                  July 25, 2014 9:00 AM

                  I also get crazy CPU usage numbers on Twitch for high resolution and high frame rate stream playback (like 50%+ for 720p60 on my 2500K), but Twitch started running trials in the past month or so for hardware acceleration for their player. I don't think they've pushed it live for everyone yet as it was causing some bizarre playback problems, but I thought maybe that could be a contributing factor for the difference in performance EnhancedInterrogator was seeing.

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      July 24, 2014 6:06 PM

      2014: The Year of the Acquisition

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      July 24, 2014 6:46 PM

      February 2015: Google shuts down Twitch service

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      July 24, 2014 9:27 PM

      Goodbye background music while streaming.

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        July 25, 2014 7:46 AM

        Wonder if they'll go through archived broadcasts and remove any that have background music.

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      July 25, 2014 2:26 AM

      Urgs. This is bad news.

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      July 25, 2014 5:12 AM

      Oh no. :(

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      July 25, 2014 5:21 AM

      arlight, time to sell shacknews for a billion.

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      July 25, 2014 6:11 AM

      Well that sucks. I mean I don't blame the owners for selling out. If Google tries to integrate it's services with Twitch it will kill it as a platform. I guess it's time to move on to the next thing.

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      July 25, 2014 6:14 AM

      I really don't get the hate for Google+.
      Yes the integration sucked on YouTube and could have been a lot better but they probably heard the feedback and make it better next time.

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        July 25, 2014 2:16 PM

        I doubt it. They could have fixed the integration on YouTube after the fact easily, and yet they haven't. If they won't put in the effort there, what makes you think they'll put in the effort here?

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      July 25, 2014 6:25 AM

      Let's just say I'm happy for the Twitch guys.

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      July 25, 2014 7:43 AM

      Isn't there a big thread questioning whether this is legit or do we have more to go on than the rehashed Venturebeat article now?

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      July 25, 2014 7:56 AM

      I think it's an ok thing for Twitch. I'm happy for them and somewhat optimistic as a fan of Twitch.

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      July 25, 2014 8:24 AM

      None american twitch users are hoping it is true. THey hope it will allow twitch to actually start installing servers/relays in Europe/AUS and other foreign places.

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