It looks like watching other people play games has really gone mainstream.
Variety reports that Google subsidiary YouTube is set to buy Twitch, the online game streaming service that lets users share videos of themselves playing their favourite games in real time. Variety claims the deal is worth $1 billion, which will make it the most significant acquisition since Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006. It’s not entirely clear what the deal will mean for the future of Twitch, but expect to see more integration with YouTube once it goes through.
It’s not surprising that Google and YouTube are interested in Twitch. More than 45 million people use the service every month, with 1 billion registered users in total. The site accounts for 1.35% of all the download bandwidth in North America, which is a lot. It works on the PC, every console except the Wii U, and even some mobile devices.