Rumor: Google Buying Twitch?
Apparently GoogleÂ might beÂ buying Twitch for $1 billion. Â Strange valuation in my opinion. Â I think that’s 1/19th the valuation of Whatsapp (Facebook’s recent acquisition), but it’s already monetized way more and has an audience already locked in and engaged. Â The growth potential for Twitch is also enormous as streaming becomes an even bigger medium for gaming. Â Deep down I still can’t figure out if streaming will be a fad or the gateway to a whole new level of sharing and making the games we play interactive. Â I thought Twitch would be worth more.
Google is being smart. Â They’ll acquire their biggest competitors. Â Lots and lots of YoutubeÂ gamersÂ have gone to Twitch, and Google streaming is/was never going to take off. Â Buying your competition is great for Google, but horrible for the users. Â I’m really big on competition being great for the consumer. Â Personally, I think Google has made some awful decisions in the past few years. Â I hate what they’ve done to Youtube, and I was convinced Twitch chat couldn’t get worse. Â I think their size willÂ also hurt the streaming industry.
Hopefully this is just Twitch putting our feelers saying, “what would you give me…”
Diablo 3: Legen (wait for it)Â dary!Â
I’ve played a lot of D3 this weekend. Â I finally got my Mask of Jeram, and picked up some Zunis set. Â I’m able to comfortably solo T3 which is a huge jump considering I was barely making it through T1 on Friday.
My issue with D3 is the same issue I’ve had with a lot of games lately: Repetition. Â I can only repeat the same thing so many times before I need to do something else. I want my games to be more dynamic these days. Â That said, when I finally get an item in Diablo 3 that I’ve been wanting it’s that same feeling of finally getting an item in a MMO: It’s awesome.
Looking forward to WildStar launching soon. Â KGC is ready to go. Â Should be a fun ride. Â We’re recruiting so get on over to our forums and enlist today!
I keep hearing/reading that WildStar is going to be such a hardcore game not for the casual, console, [insert something with a core not hard enough] audience. Â Yes, there are inaccessible 40-man raids. Â You’re delusional if you think that WildStar is now or will ever be hardcore. Â Even compared to Vanilla WoW (like WildStar often is) it’s ridiculously accessible and easy to level. Â People were hitting 40+ in 3-4 days or less.
All it will take is a few exit surveys for NCSoft to step in and force accessibility. Â “We’re losing subscribers because they can’t experience the content they want to play.” Â It will never, ever, be more inaccessible than WoW.