Amazon now reportedly in the running to acquire Twitch

Amazon now reportedly in the running to acquire Twitch

A few weeks ago it was “confirmed” that Google was on the verge of acquiring video game live streaming service Twitch. Then nothing happened. Now it looks like Amazon is interested in the company.

According to The Information, Amazon is in late-stage talks to buy the service. The Information is unaware if the deal has been finalized, but their sources believe a deal could be announced at any time.

If true, this would be an odd acquisition for the online retailer. Google’s acquisition made sense considering Twitch uses the search giant’s YouTube video platform. Amazon might be looking to launch its own video platform with Twitch, or just invest in what it sees as a emerging market.

Update: According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal is done and is worth more than $1 billion. Recode has now chimed in with its own source indicating that this is a done deal.

We have reached out to Amazon and will update this article when we hear back.

➤ Amazon Nears Deal to Acquire Twitch [The Information]

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