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You guys watched a freakish amount of esports last year

We totally get that the Internet is a fantastic place for binging DOTA 2 matches and all, but got-damn did you people consume a lot of it in 2013. A new report from IHS Technology, people who track this sort of thing, has found that a cumulative amount of 2.4 billion hours were streamed to your eyeholes, a truly ridiculous number that nearly doubles the year prior.  This is of course in large ways due to the explosion of Twitch as the premier hub for watching other people play games, with the number of people watching esports on that fine…

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Good news: Google is buying Twitch. Bad news: live-stream Let’s Plays

According to which news outlet you ask, it has either been reported, confirmed, or unable to be confirmed that Google is acquiring the ever-popular videogame streaming service Twitch for a cool billion. This is just the latest indicator of how ungodly huge people watching other people playing games is. We saw last week that more online viewers watch Twitch than HBO, and we already knew that it was a goliath in terms of web traffic. If videogames are becoming the rest of the world’s R&D, and this is more evidence, as you have to imagine that Google isn’t only eyeing…

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More online viewers watch Twitch than Game of Thrones

We already knew Twitch was big. We just didn’t know the extent of the popular game streaming service’s hugeness. Well, that’s become a little bit clearer with this new report on Internet traffic, which says that Twitch is bigger than HBO’s digital service Go. That means more online viewers are tuning in for games of Dota and Madden than Game of Thrones (legally, anyway). This is just the latest evidence to support the mainstay of the phenomena of watching others play games, as we’ve heard previously that Twitch only plays second fiddle to the Internet goliaths like Netflix and Google…