Amazon Buys Video-Game Streaming Site Twitch
n a surprise move, Amazon has bought video-game streaming service Twitch for $970m (£585m).
Earlier in the year, Google’s YouTube had been reported to be in late-stage acquisition talks for a similar amount.
Founded in 2011, Twitch - formerly known as twitch.tv - allows users to watch other people play video games.
As of July of this year, the service had over 55 million unique monthly viewers.
“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month,” said Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos in a statement.