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Amazon Buys Video Game Streaming Company For A Billion Dollars For Some Reason

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Jeff Bezos is a smart dude, but I’m gonna need a pretty lengthy explanation from him about his latest venture. As of today, Amazon has announced that they will be purchasing the web-streaming company, Twitch, for $970 million IN CASH. I first heard of Twitch literally a week ago. From what I can gather, it’s a streaming site that’s particularly known for live video of people playing video games.

Jeff Bezos himself made the announcement: “Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon, and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month.”

That’s right, Amazon just dropped a bil on a company who makes money off of people wanting to watch other people play video games. I don’t even like watching my friends play video games, and that’s when I’m there in person to make jokes, drink beer, and slap the controller out of their hands at inopportune moments. Give me a call, Jeff, because this one puzzles me.

[via New York Times]

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Randall J. Knox

Randall J. Knox (known colloquially to his friends as "Knox") left his native Texas a few years ago, and moved to Los Angeles in his '03 Buick Regal named LeRoi to write movies with his jackass college buddies. His favorite things in life include bourbon that's above his pay grade, mix CDs, and Kevin Costner films. He isn't sure what "dad jeans" are exactly, but he knows he wants a pair.

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