YouTube Looking To Buy Twitch For Over $1 Billion

By Jared Scott on May 19, 2014, 12:36PM EDT

YouTube and Twitch are currently in talks about selling the video game streaming service for over $1 billion. While nothing is set in stone, both companies already expect that the acquisition will be inspected by U.S. regulators to determine if this will create "anti-competitive" issues in the streaming business.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the talks are still in their early stages and a final decision is still a while away. Of course, YouTube and Twitch will also have to be ready to deal with Uncle Sam's potential intervention.

To prevent a potential monopoly of the video streaming business, the U.S. regulators and Justice Department will examine any final deal made by YouTube and Twitch to make sure that it does not hurt business competitiveness.

If the purchase goes through, this would be the largest purchase made by internet giant, YouTube. It could also mean that Twitch users, old and new, will have to obtain a g+ account to use Twitch at all.

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