While the speculations about Twitch’s buyout have been growing lately, today Twitch CEO Emmett Shear squashed those rumors and announced that Twitch has been acquired by Amazon.
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.
We’re glad to see most of the Twitch operations will stay unchanged, and we’re extremely excited to see what can come from Twitch in the future with Amazon’s backing.
What do you think of the acquisition? Would you have preferred the rumors that Google and YouTube would be the buying power? Let us know in the comments!