(Changes source to WSJ confirming the deal)
SAN FRANCISCO Aug 25 Amazon.com Inc
has agreed to buy live-streaming gaming network Twitch for more
than $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing two
people familiar with the matter.
Twitch and Amazon were not immediately available for
The deal could be announced later on Monday, a source told
the Wall Street Journal. (on.wsj.com/1nuyLHb)
Google was earlier in talks to buy Twitch, with reports
emerging in May that the internet search giant had agreed to buy
the company for $1 billion, but a deal was never confirmed.
San Francisco-based Twitch allows gamers to broadcast live
streams of themselves playing videogames. Its social networking
features allow viewers to communicate with each other and the
featured gamer during broadcasts. The company says more than 45
million gamers visit its site every month.
Video games are among the most popular content on YouTube,
the world's No. 1 video website owned by Google.
Tech blog The Information reported news of talks related to
the deal earlier on Monday.
(Reporting by San Francisco newsroom; Editing by David Gregorio
and Simon Jennings)