So rumor is circulating that Youtube (owned by Google) is looking to purchase video game video streaming service Twitch. For those who don't know, Twitch is a service that streams live video feeds of people playing popular video games. Why Twitch does this? I actually haven't found a good reason, but these streams are very popular, with 45 million viewers each month. What does it say about Google wanting this service? Well a lot about the entertainment industry actually.
Video games are popular. Very popular. They pull in more money each year than Hollywood. Major League Gaming, is an ACTUAL thing. People get paid (albeit very little, and I'm sure most of it comes in the form of sponsorships) to play video games competitively. The "sport"* is growing, very quickly, and Google wants in now before it gets any bigger.
Think of how big Youtube is. Kind of a silly question now. It's a given, an internet staple. It's hard to think of one without the other. Back when google purchased Youtube it was a bold move that many people thought was crazy. Why spend the money (and lots of it) on a service that draws in very little to no revenue? Well they were clearly looking at the bigger picture. The landscape of what the internet will be used for.
It's Mr. Leonard. Teacher, Videomaker, Professional Goofball