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Report: Google deal to acquire Twitch for $1 billion is so on

Google has acquired Twitch for $1 billion, Venture Beat reports, citing people "familiar with the matter." This follows a report in May that Google (via YouTube) was in talks to acquire Twitch. Twitch offered no comment on the new claim. Venture Beat notes that details are scarce on the deal and...

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Google won't call games with in-app purchases 'free' anymore

In an era where video games can be sold as "free-to-pay" and/or "freemium" products, it's important to know what "free" really means. A "free" game might actually cost you nothing and generate revenue purely through in-game advertising, or it might be free to download, but in-game purchases can set...

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Augment reality and seize territories with Google's Ingress on iOS

If you see your hometown as a capture-the-flag game just waiting to happen, then Google's Ingress might be for you. Having built up its player base on Android, the augmented reality game is available now for free on the App Store for iPad and iPhone. The alternate reality world of Ingress is...

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Google I/O wrapup: Razer microconsole, Android TV

Google's I/O 2014 conference unveiled plenty of goodies for tech-heads and gadget lovers, including a few nuggets for all of the video game enthusiasts out there. Engadget helps us break it down:...

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Hitman Go now accepting contracts on Android gadgets

Having already surprised the iOS audience with its pleasantly novel take on contract killing, Hitman Go is now ready to dispatch targets on Android devices. Unlike prior games in the stealthy series, Hitman Go is more akin to a puzzle game, where players must carefully maneuver the bald assassin...

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Barely Related: Reading Rainbow makes big bucks

Are you ready, weekend? Because we're coming for you. Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have been talking about over the past week. And no, we're not stopping our focus on industry and gaming news....

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Nintendo planning YouTube revenue-splitting affiliate program

Nintendo is planning a revenue-sharing affiliate program for those using gameplay footage of its games on YouTube. Video bloggers and "Let's Play" creators alike will need permission from the publisher to broadcast their gameplay clips, according to two tweets from the publisher (as translated by...

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Report: YouTube to acquire Twitch for $1 billion [Update]

YouTube has opted to buy into the streaming video game business by acquiring Twitch for $1 billion, according to Variety. Citing unnamed sources close to the deal, Variety claims the $1 billion figure will change hands in an all-cash deal, with an official announcement and full details arriving...

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Google Glass lead electrical engineer joins Oculus VR team

Building a new entertainment medium requires lots of money and very talented engineers. Facebook ensured that Oculus VR has plenty of the former, and now the company has set its sights on the latter goal, by hiring Google Glass lead electrical engineer Adrian Wong. Though neither Wong nor his...

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Season 2 of The Walking Dead haunts Vita next week

While the Vita still lags behind its console and computer counterparts, fans of Telltale's critically beloved The Walking Dead won't have to wait much longer for the second season of the emotionally charged zombie adventure. Barring any unforeseen catastrophe, The Walking Dead: Season 2 will...

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