Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

May 21, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion back in 2006.

Now, I've only been using YouTube as a content producer for a couple years so I can't talk about the "good old days" but I can say this:

Nearly every change YouTube has made in the few years I've been producing content has made the service more and more difficult to use.  Hell, the whole reason I created a Facebook fan page for my YouTube content is because it's so damn difficult to connect with my audience now.  Seriously, Google's changes have made it nearly impossible to track who is saying what and where.

So personally, I'm not filled with the warm and fuzzies when I hear tell Google is looking to buy Twitch.  I've used Twitch.  I love the idea of live streaming content to my viewers but the experience itself I would charitably describe as "cumbersome."  I shudder to think how much of a pain it the posterior it would be to use if Google decided to implement YouTube-caliber changes.

But that's just me.  What do you think?  Could such an acquisition be a good thing for the Twitch service or would it be its death knell?  Vote in the poll and let us know!  You are also more than welcome to litter our comments section with your thoughts or send us email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com.

There will be no podcast next week due to the holiday so look forward to the poll results in a written article sometime after Memorial Day.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

There are worse companies out there. Google could do this right. Maybe.

Re: Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

my thoughts? WTH is a twitch? no really.. not a clue as to what it is....

So honestly, don't care. let'em buy it. Maybe I'll learn about it someday as a result

Re: Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

Google+ is an amazing service once you really discover it. Hangouts is better then Skype or any messanger. Problem is them forcing it down everyone's throat made it to where people just don't like it. Great thing is the Google+ head is gone so it looks like the days forcing Google+ down everyone throats is over. As we all know only Bioware is allowed by the gaming news core to force things down peoples throats.

Re: Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

The major issue is that Google+ was trying to just do Facebook Again, and nobody wanted Facebook Again, because they already had Facebook, and nobody wanted to have to move not just themselves and all of their stuff, but getting their friends to do the same. It'd just be an also-ran if Google hadn't suddenly started mandating Google+ accounts for everything. I have one, and I hate it, because I shouldn't need a fucking Google+ account to comment on YouTube.

Re: Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

Google+ is very different from Facebook and some might argue, better. It's easier to select a certain audience to most content you have. The signing up process for the circles is confusing but only register into circles you like and it becomes an amazing social network. Also Hangouts is amazing

Re: Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

My thoughts? They might get some decent streaming tech and be able to give streamers the option to drop that stupid 30 second delay.

Re: Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

There's a colloquialism that states that "a picture is worth a thousand words", and I believe these two images best describe the potential situation:

 

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