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Google's itchy buying finger goes after Twitch for $1bn

Video app is a smash on Xbox and Playstation
Mon May 19 2014, 12:32

GOOGLE REPORTEDLY is lining up an offer for Twitch, the video sharing app that has won praise from both Sony and Microsoft for its support of their games consoles.

Twitch is the video sharing app that appeared first on the Playstation 4 (PS4) and then on the Xbox One. In both games consoles it has appealed to and impressed users, and both firms have showered the software with praise.

Google apparently has noticed this traction, according to the Wall Street Journal, and is said to be putting together wads of cash to hurl at Twitch.

Google has not commented to confirm this. Reports put a potential Google offer of $1bn on the table and talks at early stages.

Twitch is next generation console catnip, and both Sony and Microsoft have crowed about how popular it is on their rival games machines. Twitch is responsible for a lot of traffic on both.

Two weeks after its appearance on the Xbox One consoles it was announced that some 23 million minutes of gameplay had been broadcast on Twitch for that console.

Earlier, when the Sony PS4 was still the only next generation console with the feature, the Japanese outfit said that its gamers were using up 20 percent of daily traffic on the network.

The firm is flattered by the attentions and in late March it said that it never expected such a reaction. It has not commented on the rumours that Google has $1bn ready to spend to buy it. µ


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