Twitch Gamers To Get Improved Search And Discovery Tools

Posted: Sep 18 2019, 4:48am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Twitch gamers to get improved search and discovery tools

Amazon's $3.79 billion business continues to grow., the live-streaming platform for gamers, is on its way to getting improved search and discovery capabilities after the Amazon-owned platform acquired IGDB, a video game database that gathers all relevant information about games and places them in one platform, which the startup dubs as a “one-stop-infospot.”

According to its website, IGDB also gathers a community of gamers and key players from the game industry and let them communicate with each other. The platform was established in 2014.

In a blog post announcing Twitch’s acquisition of IGDB, the startup’s design, product and marketing head, Jerome Richer De Forges, said the deal “takes IGDB to a whole new level, giving us the opportunity to be an even bigger part of your gaming life.”

De Forges did not disclose the amount of Twitch’s investment, but said the transfer to Twitch would allow IGDB to use the bigger company’s experience, resources, and skills to help IGDB ramp up its acceleration plans and to help the team realize their goals for the company.

For users of the Twitch platform, this would mean that they will get better recommendations and searches for games as IGDB lists the most popular games at a particular period, the recently reviewed ones and even the game’s ratings without having to click on a certain tile.

On its website, IGDB also has a list of the recently released games, titles that are coming soon, as well as the most anticipated games, including the date that they are arriving.

Following Twitch’s acquisition of IGDB, Twitch users can expect to see the same features on the Twitch platform. De Forges said IGDB's API will remain as the startup merges its premium and free tiers into a single new free tier.

The integration comes as Twitch gained an average of 15 million viewers each day, according to Investopedia. That figure was gathered in May, so there’s a huge possibility that the figure has blown up to this day.

According to data from Investopedia, Twitch is now valued at about $3.79 billion. The streaming platform was acquired by Amazon in 2014, beating rival Google, which also bid for the business.

With Twitch, gamers can watch, chat, subscribe and even cheer with other gamers who are watching a certain livestream gaming event.

Currently, Twitch is a free streaming service. But for those who want to get more benefits such as exclusive channel-specific subscriber perks, access to select games, in-game contents, exclusive emoticons and a unique chat badge, they can sign up to Twitch Prime at $4.99 a month.

Those with Amazon Prime memberships can subscribe to Twitch Prime for free.

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