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Twitch is an online live-streaming site where users can host and watch e-sports events and other video game-related feeds.
The service was created by Justin.tv co-founders Justin Kan and Emmett Shear. On June 6th, 2011, the online video broadcasting website Justin.tv launched a public beta for the website Twitch for video game-related feeds. In July, Twitch launched a “Partner Program,” allowing gamers to share revenue with Twitch off ads viewed on their respective live-streams. In September 2012, Twitch raised a $15 million investment from Bessemer Venture Partners to expand e-sports broadcasts. On October 31st, 2013, Twitch announced that live-streamers on the platform had raised more than $8 million for charity donation drives.
Rumors of Google Acquisition
On May 18th, 2014, Variety reported that Google’s YouTube has reached an acquisition deal with the video game streaming service for an all-cash offer of $1 billion, citing unnamed “sources familiar” with the process. In the following hours, the unconfirmed report quickly spread across the tech news blogosphere and financial news sites, with the Wall Street Journal casting some doubts over the finalization of the deal and adding that the company may be exploring other channels of revenue that wouldn’t entail selling the company. As of afternoon on May 19th, neither companies have released any statement surrounding the rumor.
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Twitch Plays Pokemon
Twitch Plays Pokemon is an ongoing live-stream event launched on Twitch.tv in February 2014 in which any member of the site can participate in a massively multiplayer online co-op version of Nintendo’s 1996 role-playing video game Pokémon Red by inputting various commands in chat.
On June 5th, 2013, Tech Crunch reported that Twitch.tv was receiving more than 35 million unique visitors per month. On December 10th, Twitch announced they had gained over 100,000 new streamers using PlayStation 4 integration, bringing the total broadcasters to over 700,000. As of February 2014, Twitch has a Quantcast US ranking of 322.
FrankerZ is a dog face emoticon used to convey sarcasm or playfulness on Twitch and is sometimes spammed in forums and chat rooms during raids.
Raise Your Dongers
Raise your dongers is a catchphrase coined by the League of Legends (LoL) Twitch streamer Michael Santana, better known by his online handle Imaqtipie, that is associated with the champion character Heimerdinger. Although its precise meaning is unclear, the phrase has since been adopted by his fans on Twitch, along with its emoticon form “ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ raise your dongers ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ.”
Wall Street Journal – Google in Talks About Possible Acquisition of Twitch