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Twitch goes all-in on game streams, shutting down
Twitch goes all-in on game streams, shutting down
August 5, 2014 | By Christian Nutt

Newsbrief: Video game streaming service Twitch got its start as the gaming section of, the eponymous, general-purpose online streaming service created by founder Justin Kan.

Now, as the popular service is dogged by recurring and pervasive rumors that Google's YouTube arm is on the verge of signing a deal to acquire it, it's shut down its non-gaming services.

In fact, is ceasing all services, including its website, mobile apps, and APIs. All users who use the site to broadcast video game content are invited to move their accounts to Twitch; all others are asked to find their own streaming solution.

The company rebranded as Twitch Interactive earlier this year, doubling down on its most successful brand (and market.) As of today, the website has been replaced with a shutdown FAQ.

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John McMahon
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Wow! They just shut it down? Without any notification?!

F**k them. I'm interested in streaming my gaming, but I cannot support a company that screws with their customers like that.

I guess being able to stream from my Xbox One is no longer a selling point to me.

Jeff Postma
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Taken from the FAQ:
I'm an active Pro Account User, will I be refunded?

Yes. You should have already received an email communicating the cancellation and refund process.

Christian Nutt
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Yeah, and the FAQ alluded to plans that were announced in June, so it's not so abrupt.

John McMahon
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I stand corrected. This was the first I heard of it shutting down and I've been a consistent consumer of Gamasutra and other game industry related outlets.

Ujn Hunter
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Remember when your favorite Rock station re-branded themselves as a Rap station... ugh.

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