Google to Acquire Twitch

There is a huge rumor floating around about how the search giant Google will buy out Twitch, the biggest live streaming website in the world. Microsoft has also been rumored to be interested as well, but apparently it has been confirmed that Google will get their hands on it for $1 billion. Of course, the comapnies declined to comment on this situation because it is all hush hush right now.

The exact price and time of this deal is currently unknown. Thanks to Twitch, gaming has been more mainstreamed, especically competitive play. YouTube did not really have much of a competitive atmosphere and its videos caters to the younger generation. However, Twitch live streams may contain cursing and involves higher level of play and commentary. The amazing thing is that Twitch allows its content to be streamed on a bunch of devices such as PCs, phones, tables, and game consoles. A lot of games have built in APIs to stream seamlessly with Twitch, including Minecraft. Even the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have their own dedicated programs to do this as well. Nintendo feels as though streaming isn’t their priority, probably because their games are not competitive in nature and cater to younger audiences, much like YouTube.

I could see why Google would want to purchase Twitch. First, it would make them tons of money because they are the leaders in ad display. Second, they would control most of all the gaming videos in the world, and any company who wants to be another “Twitch” will simply fail. No competition is always good for businesses, but not always for consumers. In fact, it is really bad for consumers!

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League of Legends 101

League of Legends is one of the most popular multi player online games in the world. Created by Riot, it currently hosts over 67 million players who use their battle arena to advance in power and status in the game. Here is a basic overview of how the game works.

Who is Your Champion?

The game works by players choosing a “champion” that they then control throughout the game. The game play consists of both scheduled matches and general open exploration of the different world maps. Each of the world maps has its own rule about what it takes to complete the map in order to move forward.

Playing With Others

There are several different options for how you can engage other players. League of Legends allows for free play, in which players can roam different “lanes” in the world maps and fight computer minions or they can assist other live players. You can also schedule several different matches with other players, enter into live unscheduled competition and compete in different league championships. The league play follows a preset of rules and timelines over the course of several weeks and months to determine a winner.

Gaining Points and Power

There are several different ways that you can gain points and power in League of Legends. Just signing in and playing will allow you to acquire gold in your champion’s account that relates to the amount of time that you have spent online. You can also earn points and acquire different items based upon winning battles. The main champion for the player is called a “summoner” and all of their stats are tracked. Summoners follow standard stat acquisition for experience, influence and strength while also being able to pick up Mastery points and more for the completion of different levels.

Learning How to Play

One of the things that has made League of Legends so popular is it is designed with a separate tutorial level that allows new players to learn the controls for the game and get used to the style of play before it affects their character. This is also a benefit to more experienced players who may be set on battles that don’t wish to be interrupted by newbies. The main League of Legends site also has a lively forum and an area with articles and special announcements that make it easy to keep up with the game.

The Xbox Tie-in

League of Legends was originally designed for online play using desktop access and the Microsoft Xbox system. The majority of players are accessing the system via Xbox. This is also the main communication platform between the players as well.

Ratings

League of Legends has won multiple awards for the game play design and is considered the most popular live action, multiplayer game on line in the world. It has also been recognized as one of the all-time best games designed for the Xbox platform. It continues to grow in popularity in part because the game design allows for addition of new levels.