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Amazon Acquires Twitch for $970 Million

August 25, 2014 Written by Alex Co

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In a rather surprising turn of events, mega online retailer Amazon has just acquired streaming platform, Twitch. While earlier reports pointed at Google to be the buyer, it seems Amazon’s $970 million offer was enough for Twitch CEO Emmett Shear to agree to a buyout.

Over on Twitch’s official site, Shear left a rather lengthy message thanking the Twitch community and confirming the acquisition.

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

It’s still unknown if there’s any changes coming to the video streaming company, but with Shear proudly proclaiming that they’re keeping “most everything the same,” I wouldn’t expect a big one — at least not yet, anyway.

What’s your take on this acquisition? Do you think Amazon will mess things up for gamers who love to stream or is this better for Twitch in the long run due to Amazon’s massive resource pool?

[Source: Twitch, Kotaku]