Video game streaming service Twitch, though only developed since 2011, has become loved by many gamers as it allows them to live stream gameplay or watch other people play games. In July, they hit over 55 million unique monthly viewers just proving how popular it is. About a month ago there were plans for Google to acquire Twitch for a large sum of money, unfortunate for Google however, Amazon recently stepped in and bought the service for a total of $970 million [that’s about £585 just across the pond].
Check out some statements and thoughts about this acquisition after the break!
No, the handheld isn’t getting nervous ticks. I am talking about the streaming service. Twitch is one of the biggest streaming services in the world which allow its users to stream live gameplay footage. It racks up around 45 million unique views per month (that’s definitely a whole lot more than us).
In a recent interview between GamesIndustry and Twitch COO, Kevin Lin, Lin revelled that they are looking into bringing the popular platform to handheld consoles such as the 3DS and PS Vita. Though he goes on to mention that due to CPU concerns, it might only be possible for viewing only, rather than broadcasting.
On mobile we just released our first in-game integration, with Asphalt 8 from Gameloft. For now, we’re going to be doing that game by game. Handhelds. That’s something we’d love to do. On handhelds it’s more of a server/CPU concern, but we definitely want to do it. We want to build viewing apps, that’s much less CPU intensive than broadcasting.
Personally, I feel this would definitely be in the right direction for Nintendo, and it makes sense for there being a Twitch app on the Vita, seeing how you can broadcast gameplay straight from the PS4. Maybe one day we will see Twitch arrive on the Nintendo Wii U.