Google/YouTube Reportedly Prepping To Buy Twitch

TechCrunch

Yowza. So much for Sunday being a slow news day. About an hour after AT&T officially announces their plans to buy DirecTV, word of another billion-dollar acquisition has surfaced.

The story this time around: Google/YouTube reportedly want Twitch.tv, the increasingly/explosively popular service meant to let gamers watch others play games, live. The purported price tag? 1 billion.

According to Variety, it’s already a done deal, and they say the official announcement is looming.

The WSJ, meanwhile, says the talks are very early on – too early for a price to be set, even.

While the concept behind Twitch might seem crazy (I can’t even count the number of people I’ve heard ask “Why would you want to watch someone else play video games?”), the service has done nothing but rocket in popularity since launching back in 2011.

Turns out, people like to watch other people play games. With competitive…

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