Ah Twitch

YouTube Twitch Deal Switches Hands With Amazon As The New Buyer

August 25, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

The ever popular world of competitive online gaming has led to an explosive popularity surge for game streaming service and website Twitch over the last few years, and recently there have been a lot of leaks and rumors that Google was courting the streaming site as a possible buy for their own video related service YouTube. That led to a confirmation about the buyout, and to say the least there were many fans in an uproar about the YouTube purchase, probably most commonly due to the fact that if YouTube was purchasing Twitch, we’d surely be able to kiss the use of songs or other potentially copyrighted material during a stream goodbye. This would have been part of YouTube’s policy changes as this is something you see happening in a lot of videos from more popular YouTubers. Twitch streamers and fans a like were all but happy about these details.

The previously reported $1 billion dollar deal has fallen through however, with Amazon themselves confirming the earlier rumors about the potential buyout. What were rumors just a few short hours ago are now official, as Amazon and Twitch have reached an agreement over the deal. Concerns over the possibility of basically blocking the creativity of streamers during the belief that YouTube was to become Twitch’s new home are not without merit, as many streamers rely on their personality while streaming,(which can often times include the background audio or music as part of it)to keep subscribers. People subscribe and continue to watch streamers play games not only because the game playing is exciting but they enjoy the personality of the streamer much like subs do on YouTube.

While the confirmation on the new deal has just hit the media, there are still some unknown details in regards to the acquisition, like whether or not the company change will make any difference on the matter of shutting out potentially copyrighted audio. As Twitch stands right now there are no regulations that prohibit streamers from having certain songs or other types of material in their live streams, that could still change however even with Amazon behind the purchase at this point. There are also no details on exactly on how much Twitch and Amazon agreed upon for the price, which shouldn’t surprise anyone as Amazon typically doesn’t reveal any hard number details pertaining to monetary stuff. As it stands the price could have been exactly what it was Google and YouTube, or Twitch and Amazon may have agreed on a smaller amount.