The rumor was that Google was all interested in buying Twitch.tv a while back and after those rumors died down, no one really thought anything more about it. Well, that's not entirely true. Amazon was thinking long and hard about it apparently. They just announced that they've dropped almost $1 Billion on the live video service and plan to add "live" to their amazing video lineup (if you live in the USA). I'm not sure how this really makes sense for them, but I guess they didn't want Google to capture more viewers.
Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.