Twitch Aims to Get Ahead of Steam


Twitch, the Amazon-owned live-streaming video platform, on Tuesday launched its highly anticipated online game store. It includes goodie bags and other incentives, both for gamers who take the plunge and streamers who provide the content. Twitch earlier this year announced that it would be selling games and in-game content directly through the online store, competing directly with major gaming sites like Steam. Twitch is starting out with about 50 titles, including Ubisoft’s For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Room: Wildlands.

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Amazon Pulls a Twitch on Google


Amazon has announced an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, a real-time video platform for gamers. Prior to the disclosure, rumors had been building that it was on track to snatch Twitch from Google, which reportedly had been very close to buying it. The pending acquisition was rumored to be for upwards of $1 billion. However, Amazon said it was buying the company for approximately $970 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in the second half of this year. Twitch’s shareholders already have approved it.

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