Rumor: Google Buying Twitch?
Apparently Google might be buying Twitch for $1 billion. Strange valuation in my opinion. 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. The growth potential for Twitch is also enormous as streaming becomes an even bigger medium for gaming. 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. I thought Twitch would be worth more.
Google is being smart. They’ll acquire their biggest competitors. Lots and lots of Youtube gamers have gone to Twitch, and Google streaming is/was never going to take off. Buying your competition is great for Google, but horrible for the users. I’m really big on competition being great for the consumer. Personally, I think Google has made some awful decisions in the past few years. I hate what they’ve done to Youtube, and I was convinced Twitch chat couldn’t get worse. I think their size will 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) dary!
I’ve played a lot of D3 this weekend. I finally got my Mask of Jeram, and picked up some Zunis set. 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. 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. 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. KGC is ready to go. Should be a fun ride. 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. Yes, there are inaccessible 40-man raids. You’re delusional if you think that WildStar is now or will ever be hardcore. Even compared to Vanilla WoW (like WildStar often is) it’s ridiculously accessible and easy to level. 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. “We’re losing subscribers because they can’t experience the content they want to play.” It will never, ever, be more inaccessible than WoW.