According to insider reports from VentureBeat, Google’s $1 billion buyout of game streaming service Twitch which was previously hyped up in May is now apparently a done deal.
If the information is correct, it would mean that Google own a serious monopoly on game streaming, having already acquired YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion…which in the modern day seems like a bargain. Twitch currently has over 50 million active users; for what it is worth, Twitch has declined to comment on the rumors
Sega have announced a new spin-off universe for the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise called Sonic Boom; which will incorporate Wii U and 3DS games (the final game in an exclusive deal with Nintendo which has also produced Sonic: Lost World), a new range of toys and a 52-episode CGI TV series to debut on Cartoon Network. While Sonic Boom will not replace ‘Modern Sonic’, it has led to a redesign of the cast of Sonic characters – with everyone getting taller and Knuckles the Echidna developing an addiction to steroids.
“SEGA is constantly looking to feed the appetite of Sonic fans, new and existing alike…the various pieces of the Sonic Boom project, such as its unique look, mix of comedy, and action and its focus on the whole ensemble with Sonic as the star, offer another exciting part of that universe for people to explore and enjoy. It will be at once familiar but also new.”