There’s still no official word, but here’s another stick to throw on the fire of speculation that Twitch, the popular video-game streaming service, is about to be acquired by Google.
In a blog post Tuesday, the pioneering video-streaming service JustinTV said it will shut down its website and mobile apps so its parent company can focus on three-year-old Twitch. (H/T to TheNextWeb for spotting it first.)
JustinTV was famous as the site that started when cofounder Justin Kan decided to create a round-the-clock documentary of his own life, streamed from a webcam strapped to his forehead. As we reported in May, however, Twitch is now the most successful part of the company:
“Three years ago, when co-founder Emmett Shear noticed people streaming images from video-games, the company spun off a gaming division named Twitch, for the lightning reactions some games require. The parent company has other divisions but renamed itself Twitch Interactive this year.”
Ace video-games reporter Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat reported last month that his sources say Google has sealed a deal to buy Twitch for $1 billion. But there still hasn’t been an official announcement.
(Image of Justin Kan from Justin.tv)