According to two separate reports—from Variety and the Wall Street Journal—Google is thinking of purchasing the video game streaming startup Twitch. That would get Google one of the web's most highly trafficked sites.
The two reports do, however, differ. Variety claims that the deal is virtually sealed, and will see Twitch being purchase for $1 billion. On the other, hand, the Wall Street Journal is rather more conservative--explaining that the discussions are "early" and that "a deal isn't imminent."
Elsewhere, Verge claims that the two companies "have agreed on a price and are working out details," but points out that, according to unnamed sources, a number of other parties have been sniffing around Twitch—notably Microsoft.
Details are otherwise scant, but it makes sense. The purchase is apparently being mulled by Googlers at YouTube, and Twitch is perhaps the biggest video game live-streaming site on the web—with more than 1 million unique users broadcasting on its platform every month. YouTube, while huge, kinda missed out on the kind of live streams that Twitch offers.
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