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Amazon schnappt sich Twitch

Twitch-Logo-720Monatelang ging man davon aus, dass Google sich Twitch kaufen würde, das erfolgreiche Netzwerk für Gaming-Videos auf Youtube. Jetzt ist anscheinend Amazon dazwischen gesprungen und hat sich für ca. 1 Mrd. Dollar Twitch gekauft.

Bei Twitch dreht sich alles um Spiele und Spieler. Gute oder lustige Spieler veröffentlichen bei Youtube Live-Videomitschnitte z.B. ihrer erfolgreichen Missionen in Strategiespielen oder lustigen Stunts bei Shootern, komplett mit eigenen Audiokommentaren. Andere schauen sich das an und kommentieren. Spieler können eigene Channel anbieten und dafür sogar Abonnements verkaufen. Insgesamt 55 Millionen Nutzer liessen sich von dem simplen Prinzip begeistern, ein weiterer Beleg für die unglaubliche Popularität des Mediums “Computerspiele” bei den unter 30-jährigen. Spielkonsolen wie PS4 und XBox One unterstützen den Dienst, für PC gibt es kostenlose Software.

Was will Amazon mit Twitch? Der Spiegel schreibt: “Laut Medienberichten will der Online-Händler demnächst auch ein eigenes System zur Vermarktung von Werbeplatz im Internet starten. Amazon hat auch ein eigenes Geschäft mit Online-Spielen auf Basis des Betriebssystems Android.”




Playstation TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV – It’s Getting Crowded In The Streaming Device Market

pstvPlaystation TV is set to be released in the US in October, Smart TVs running on Android TV are also rumored to hit the market this fall, while Roku is getting inside Smart TVs and still selling lots of Roku 3 boxes, competing with the million-seller Apple TV and Google’s cheap Chromecast stick. Don’t forget Amazon Fire TV and all the others!

The competition just keeps on growing in the streaming device market and this is a good thing for consumers because everyone wants to lure them into their ecosystems by keeping prices low and adding feature after feature: OTT video and television, cloud-DVR, (cloud) gaming, you name it, you can have it.

Read more on this developing market at Fierce Online Video.

Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

Looks like 10 million core gamers got their PS4. Now, how does Sony get everyone else to buy one?

Me: What kinds of shows do you like to watch on TV? Daughter: What’s a TV?

The youth of today is losing interest in classic TV. Youtube “stars” are more popular than our good old Hollywood stars. I’m old.


The fact that television viewing is changing dramatically — being disrupted by the web, by YouTube (s goog) and other factors — isn’t breaking news. It’s something we report on a lot at Gigaom, and almost daily there is some announcement that helps reinforce that trend, like the fact that Netflix now has more subscription revenue than HBO, or a recent survey reported by Variety that shows YouTube stars are more popular with young internet users than Hollywood stars.

That last piece of news really hit home for me, because it got me thinking again about how my own family consumes what used to be called television, and how much has changed in only a single generation.

I’m old. Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. I was born a few years before the moon landing, and I remember us all watching it as a…

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EA Launches A $30 Per Year Netflix For Games On Xbox One

Good news for Xbox One users: get your EA games for $30/year instead of $70 per game. Bad news if you’re on Playstation or looking to sell cloud gaming for $10/month.

Exclusive Games For Amazon Fire Phone and Tablets

dsc1174jpgSince users seem to be spending more time with games than anything else on their phones/tablets, Amazon is investing into games companies to bolster their exclusive games portfolio in a differentiating move that resembles Netflix’s exclusive show strategy.

Techcrunch has more on the gaming strategy.

Go to Business Insider for the basic facts about the Fire phone.