"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," Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.
Amazon paid about $970 million for the streaming service. It is still unclear how the deal will affect Twitch’s service or how the two companies might mix services. Amazon has a history of buying companies it sees as profitable and not changing the culture or business model drastically.
On reddit, the discussion of the deal remained mostly positive. Those that said they were worried when rumors swirled that Google/YouTube were buying Twitch seemed relieve that Amazon ended up plunking down the cash. Many wondered how Amazon’s premium service, Prime, might meld with Twitch’s Turbo service. All of that remains to be seen.
What’s clear is that video game streaming and the Twitch model have proven to be a viable entertainment medium that shows little sign of disappearing.