Amazon explains why it bought Twitch

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Yesterday's surprising news that Amazon had acquired Twitch led to some rather immediate and obvious questions: What could Amazon possibly want with Twitch, for one, and what happened to the deal with Google? As it turns out, Amazon sees very big things ahead for gaming, and Google was never quite as close to claiming the throne as we thought.

Twitch confirms that it's being bought by Amazon

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Update: A post on Twitch's website confirms the rumors: is buying the streaming site.

Remember last month when it came out that Google was buying Twitch for $1 billion? It looks like those reports may have been premature, as the word on the street now is that Amazon is "late-stage talks" to acquire the company.

Square Enix, Amazon announce Thief: Gold modding competition

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We're big fans of The Dark Mod, a fan remake of the original Thief game that won our 2013 mod of the year award. Square Enix, which will soon publish the Thief reboot, is a fan as well. It just announced a partnership with Amazon for a Thief: Gold modding competition, and has directed participants to The Dark Mod if they're looking for helpful modding resources.

Amazon launches US-only Indie Games department, accompanied by sale

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Well this is tremendous. Former rainforest turned online retail behemoth Amazon has launched a dedicated Indie Games department, flogging digital copies of the likes of Mutant Mudds, Hotline Miami and, well, hundreds of other independent games, and putting a ton of them on sale to celebrate. There are also some rather tasty bundles. Amazon aren't taking a cut from sales of these collections - 100% of the money will go to the developers. The only apparent catch is that, like a lot of the digital content on the website, it's currently only available in the US. Boo!

Amazon's Tantalizing THQ Medley heavily discounts Metro 2033, STALKER, and others

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If you missed out on last year's Humble THQ Bundle or followup Nvidia giveaway, it's time for a threepeat. Amazon saw how all the cool kids were discounting THQ games with great results, and it has followed suit with the Tantalizing THQ Medley, which slices off 91 percent in savings across six games, including Metro 2033, STALKER, and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

Black Friday deals: the best PC game and hardware sales on the web

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Good news, everyone! Steam, Amazon, Blizzard, and more have kicked off Consumer Season by booby trapping the web with potent spending bait such as 33% off XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 50% off The Walking Dead, and 66% off StarCraft II. We spent the morning stumbling through the minefield to compile a list of some of the best seasonal discounts, but stay vigilant: more surprise server-busters are bound to go live as we approach the spendiest weekend of the year.

Weekend Game Deals - Summer Sale vol. 2

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The Steam Summer Sale ends this Sunday -- as of right now, how about Jamestown, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Red Orchestra 2 for under $5 each? Additionally, Amazon has several new sales, including The Walking Dead for $14.99. Much more inside...

Prime World's heroes give new meaning to "red versus blue"

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Prime World's warring factions are much like the symbol for yin and yang. Though they fight for different causes, they share quite a bit in common—especially when it comes to heroes. Not every hero is a unique snowflake like the Artiste or the Inventor; some have two distinct forms, with identical abilities but contrasting personalities and origins. Today, we'll be taking a look at five heroes with two separate incarnations each: one for the steampunk, forward-thinking Imperium, and another on the side of the nature-loving, holistic Keepers. Woah—these colors are blowing my mind, man!

Weekend Game Deals

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PSA: Amazon offering heavy discounts on popular PC games today

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As Joystiq has noted, Amazon's bargain bin is particularly well-stocked for PC gamers today. There's a good mix of fairly recent hits at deep discounts, and slightly old games for a few bucks apiece.

Highlights include Human Revolution for $20, The Witcher 2 for $16, and Dead Island for $20. Hit the jump for more notable deals.

Amazon UK's Black Friweek is disappointing

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Today is the vaguely sinister-sounding Black Friday, which actually began on Monday (according to Amazon) and ends on Sunday (according to HMV). Next year, Black Friday is set to last a whole year. Although we were hugely excited about the prospect of getting some cheap PC games and kit from, for the most part it’s been fairly disappointing.

In the US, titles like Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Metro 2033 and Starcraft II have all been heavily discounted. In the UK the deals have been limited to games like Assassin’s Creed and Saints Row 3 - but only on consoles. Hardware has been similarly disappointing, with overpriced Logitech webcams and mice being reduced so they're priced normally.

Battlefield 3 pre-order bonuses announced for the US

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Residents of the USA can now get a glimpse of the bonuses they'll recieve, should they pre-order the game from specific retailers, reports Joystiq. While Europeans have had a chance to survey their best bet for the past month, this is the first time Americans can see what they'll receive should they purchase their game from Gamestop, Amazon or Best Buy.