A nervous Twitch.TV
Reports are out that Google has completed the purchase of Twitch.Tv for $1 billion which confirms the rumours about the purchase that were circulating in May.
I’m interested to see what steps Google take with the streaming service, whether it will include auto-saving of shows directly to The YouTube site along with tighter integration or if the Brand will be kept complete separate (save being able to logon with Google Accounts ofc). Whichever direction it would surprise me if there is much change before Christmas.
If the Google account are used the recent Google’s reversal on Real Name policy will at least mean streamers/viewers real identities are directly exposed to others, if they use decide/must use a Google account.
As with any time we see companies bought out, loyalties will be tested and it wouldn’t surprise me to see some well known streamers jumping ship to other streaming services such as UStream or Hitbox, but with an already strong Apple and Android presence other services may seem lacking.
Sadly my upload speed currently isn’t good enough to support Streaming my adventures in gaming, fingers crossed that the upgrade at the exchange completes sometime soon, as half my town have fibre, just not the half in inhabit.