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Dev J Chand

Twitch acquired by Amazon
« on: August 26, 2014, 05:49:32 PM »
Copying my post from Hitmanforum:

Today, the CEO of Twitch sent this letter to everyone having an account on Twitch:

Dear Twitch Community

It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound.

Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance - these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us.

Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start.

I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you’ve created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they’d get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much.

It’s dangerous to go alone. On behalf of myself and everyone else at Twitch, thank you for coming with us.

Emmett Shear, CEO

Thoughts? I think it's better than having Google take over it. Hopefully they'll fix the many problems with stuttering and sound delays now.

I don't know how many people care about streams here though.

Squall

Re: Twitch acquired by Amazon
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 07:02:03 PM »
I'm not sure I like how fast Amazon is expanding. They managed to maintain a positive image until now, and admittedly their customer service is top-notch and their range of products, prices and shipping excellent (though their packiging sometimes leads to small damages). But its getting dangerous because they basically have a monopol in many sections, and they try their utmost to nurture their power and use it to their own advantage because they know there are no good alternatives for e.g. book sellers. (For reference: Amazon wants to increase their share of the money they get from ebook sales even more, and with their Kindle and stuff selling ebooks not on Amazon is really problematic for authors as well as publishers.)

I don't like how they expand. Same with Facebook, Google etc. Especially if they swallow/absorb smaller sites. Of course this also brings advantages, but I like my websites better when they are no associated with a big company, especially if they blatantly show this (like YouTube, which I liked much better before).

Kyo

Re: Twitch acquired by Amazon
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014, 02:27:11 AM »
I never use Amazon nor Twitch, so, how should I put it...


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Ali

Re: Twitch acquired by Amazon
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2014, 02:37:37 AM »
I agree with Squall, I have to admit I have not used Twitch services so far but Amazon does not have a good history with acquisitions:
http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/26/amazon-gets-rid-of-in-app-purchases-in-comixology-ios-app/

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We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

I can't recall how many times I have seen such statements in the acquisition announcements and in just a few months or even weeks we hear about layoffs, reorganizations, strategy changes, resignations, etc.

SinnyVic

Re: Twitch acquired by Amazon
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2014, 11:43:39 AM »
Meanwhile on hitbox tv where every nobody is getting a subscriber button and 15 subscriber emotes for joining early...
« Last Edit: August 31, 2014, 11:46:08 AM by SinnyVic »

 


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