There's been plenty of rumor and speculation surrounding Twitch.tv in recent months. Popular theory was that the streaming service would be purchased by Google for the sum of one billion dollars. The recent changes to Twitch's copyright policies seemed to confirm that, as they were similar in nature to YouTube (which is owned by Google) and its content ID system. However, many fans of the popular service were shocked earlier this afternoon when both Twitch and Amazon announced that Amazon would be purchasing the service for an unconfirmed sum that is speculated to be over the billion dollar mark.
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear was quick to release a statement to the Twitch community that not only confirmed the purchase, but also aimed to alleviate some fears users may have. According to the letter, Twitch will keep its independence and will continue to be user-driven. The Twitch office and employees will remain intact, though the company will now have a greater access to various resources thanks to Amazon. Shear also took the time to thank the community for making Twitch a global success in the three years since its launch.
I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you've created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they'd get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much.
As of now, it isn't clear what changes may occur over the course of this acquisition, but it does seem that Amazon and Twitch are planning to keep the service largely the same. We also can't be entirely sure if the recent changes in copyright policy were indeed due to the buyout, or if there were other external factors at work. We'll have more information regarding Twitch.tv as it develops.