Amazing start-up could become Google’s next $1.65bn acquisition

Videogame streaming service Twitch looks like it will be the latest company to be bought as Google’s acquisition frenzy continues.

The giant has been snapping up companies left right and centre this year and is heading into a number of new territories such as artificial intelligence (Deep Mind) and the internet of things (Nest).

It’s unclear how far advanced the talks are, with some news outlets reporting they have just begun, while another reports that a deal has been agreed for $1.65bn.

The proposed acquisition of Twitch is only a slight detour from YouTube, Google’s video streaming service, and is the world’s most popular videogame streaming service. With 45m monthly users, the platform even accounted for 44% of all US live-streaming traffic in the week to 7 April, according to online video and networking firm Qwilt.

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