Twitch Shutters Justin.tv Amid Google Acquisition Reports
Live streamer Twitch announced Tuesday that it has shuttered Justin.tv, its legacy video broadcasting platform.
Justin.tv was founded in 2007 as a live broadcaster of online video. Originally, Justin.tv consisted of just one channel, that of co-founder Justin Kan, who live-streamed his entire life on the website.
Video game broadcasting became a popular segment on Justin.tv and in 2010 the company separated its gaming content into a separate site, Twitch.tv. The company was rebranded as Twitch Interactive in February of this year. The shutdown of Justin.tv comes amid reports that Google plans to acquire Twitch for $1 billion.
"We are immensely proud of Justin.tv's legacy," Twitch chief operating officer Kevin Lin said in a statement. "Not only is it the birthplace of Twitch, but it was the pioneer of live video on the Internet. It holds a special place in our hearts, as well as a special place in the history of the Internet, and will be missed."
The Justin.tv website includes a video tribute to the platform and a message indicating that it is no longer in service. A Q&A says that "Twitch is now the focus of the company's resources. Unfortunately that means we need to shut down Justin.tv."
All Justin.tv accounts have been closed. Users can request to transfer their accounts to Twitch until Sept. 5. But they will be unable to retrieve videos uploaded to Justin.tv. The website says that video archiving and VODs were removed from the site on June 15 this year.