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YouTube nearing a deal to buy video game streaming start-up Twitch
YouTube nearing a deal to buy video game streaming start-up Twitch

Gamers not only love to play video games — they also like to watch. YouTube is putting on its game face by reportedly making a play to acquire Twitch, a hugely popular platform for video gamers that specializes in online live streaming so viewers can tune in as games are being played. A deal, said to be imminent once the two sides hammer out final details, would help YouTube, the world's largest video-sharing community, secure its foothold in the rapidly growing game-play video market. It also would further YouTube's ambition to grow into a major alternative to cable and broadcast television, attracting not only viewers but big advertising dollars as well. The long-term...

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