Amazon Bought Twitch

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Amazon bought Twitchtwitch-logo for $970 million in cash. That’s a discounted price tag compared to the rumored $1 billion Google was considering.

When I heard the rumor of Google’s interest in Twitch, I thought it made a lot of sense. Google could have benefited from a larger base of potential users to advertise to and Twitch could expand their capabilities with the help of the tech giant’s infrastructure and technology.

Amazon can offer Twitch similar technological and infrastructure help but I don’t quite know how Twitch helps Amazon. It does expand their gaming portfolio with the addition of a gaming live stream service and at this point, every little addition helps their image in the eyes of gaming fans.

Twitch have improved tremendously over the last year or so but now that they have access to Amazon’s resources, I expect them to improve even more. They start by developing an official Roku app.

Twitch Plays Pokemon: Crystal Started

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twitch-logoMy ongoing fascination with Twitch Plays Pokemon continue. It took just 16 days but they finally did it: Twitch beat Pokemon Red. Now they’ve moved onto Generation II with Pokemon Crystal.

In that transition, the proprietors of this innovative stream included the feature to force “Democracy” mode once per hour. Democracy mode tallies command inputs over a set period of time and then executes the most popular one. However, Twitch users will be able to vote out of Democracy mode by submitting “Anarchy”.

Some will argue that the purity of the initial idea was lost with the inclusion of the “Democracy” and “Anarchy” system but I think it makes for a more interesting stream. The built in teams forces viewers and “players” to choose sides and call temporary truces for the common good. Nobody wants to be stuck in a simple maze for days — even the most anarchists can attest to that.

So far, progress in Pokemon Crystal has been slow. New features like the EXP bar have made it easy for users to predict when to spam “B” to interrupt Pokemon evolutions. I lucked out today and witnessed the evolution of the “A.J Downey Jr.’s” starting Pokemon thanks to Democracy mode. Now we all await his eventual release from the roster by the haters.

I don’t spend much time watching the stream. In fact, the longest I left the stream running was probably 20 minutes or so and I only did that because I enjoyed the music. I’m content just checking in every few hours to see what’s happening.