SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitch, which, isn't saying much about how it will incorporate its new owner's services into its own, but one thing is for sure: Twitch is not morphing into a retail service.
"It would destroy what Twitch is," Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference here on Monday. "I know it's the last thing I want and I think it's the last thing Amazon wants, too."
In reality, Twitch already drives video game purchases with partners linking to product pages, including Amazon's, and also acts as a way to advertise to gamers, Shear said.
The e-commerce giant, which is buying Twitch for $970 million, shows a. The deal gives Amazon access to Twitch's 55 million users, most of whom are the most loyal of gamers. It's a tough crowd to break into, but Twitch has managed to build a community around people who want to watch others play video games in real-time.
Launched in 2011, the site rapidly gained popularity, garnering more traffic than video-streaming site Hulu in February. Twitch really took off when it struck deals and to power live streaming on the and the consoles. It made headlines when some users decided to , and then again for the through the help of motion sensors.
Google was alsowith Twitch about a deal. The streaming site would have paired nicely with YouTube's still nascent live-streaming services. Twitch decided to go with Amazon instead because Google wasn't willing to give the company final say over future decisions, according to reports.
Shear wouldn't confirm if the rumors were true, but said he chose to sell to Amazon because the online retailer is willing to have a hands-off approach to its acquisitions.