Details reported in the first wave of reports lead by Variety1 have been confirmed by dude what writes about video game industry business for VentureBeat sub-blog GamesBeat.2
These details are just the typical details that everyone knows about any sort of acquisition news: the price amount is something like a billion dollars, and everyone involved in the deal are going to be thrilled about it. Yada yada yada. Blah blah blah.
The only new detail—and it’s a detail one could probably assume—that Dean Takahashi gives out is the following:
We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that Twitch investors who participated in past rounds are pleased that they will be getting significant returns that are multiple times the amount they originally invested.
Not much of a detail, isn’t it? Yep, it’s not much of a detail at all.
However, there is a curious line in the next paragraph that is worth looking out for:
Google and Twitch declined comment. Both companies happen to be speaking at our GamesBeat 2014 event in September.
So I wonder if we’re not just being strung out and made to wait until the middle of September, when the tech news scene will more than likely be fawning over a certain phone model announcement.3 Hopefully we’ll get some more information soon, because comments like this one posted over at Ars Technica’s write-up of the situation seem to be the biggest fear among Twitch’s vocal user base.4
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- Variety: YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streamifng Service Twitch for $1 Billion: Sources ↩
- VentureBeat: Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire ↩
- 9to5Mac: Apple ‘tentatively’ plans mid-September iPhone event as iOS 8 nears completion ↩
- Ars Technica: Comment by TurboPower ↩