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Justin.tv Streaming Site Shuts Down with No Advance Notice

Postby sunnyd » Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:00 pm

With no advance notice, at least not that we have been able to confirm, it appears that as of today, popular streaming site Justin.tv has posted a final goodbye to its site users. Visitors to the site, or any of its associated channels, are now greeted with a "goodbye" message stating, "The Justin.tv website, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service. Thank you sincerely for seven years of live video memories."

The site offers a very simple explanation on the main page for the shutdown reason:

"Justin.tv pioneered live video on the Internet and spawned one of the largest video platforms ever: Twitch. Justin.tv was officially renamed Twitch Interactive Inc. in February of 2014 and Twitch is now the focus of the company's resources. Unfortunately that means we need to shut down Justin.tv. We thank all of our broadcasters and viewers for 7 years of live video memories."

It’s been recently rumored that Google is planning to acquire Twitch, and this news certainly adds fuel to that fire since mergers or acquisitions often result in some type of consolidation. That being the case, we can almost expect some type of official announcement to come at any time from Google. It seems rather logical that would be the reason for the sudden shutdown.

On the site’s main page below the "goodbye" message, many answers to FAQ are provided with instructions for current users of Justin.tv, as to how to handle their existing accounts, etc., and states:

"Your account is now closed, and you will be unable to access any settings or content. If you used your justin.tv account to login to Twitch, the account will still work on Twitch; however, we encourage you to complete this form to have your account transferred to Twitch for full site use. Request to transfer account must be received by Friday, September 5, 2014.

Please be reminded today, Twitch is a site for gaming-related content only. Refer to the Twitch TOS for more info on content guidelines. For more information on transferring your account to Twitch, see below."

Google must really be twitching to announce something about Twitch soon, and we’ll keep everyone updated as soon as any more news about that becomes available.



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