Justin.TV closes its doors
Justin.TV closed its doors today, dismantling its website, mobile apps, and APIs. The shutdown comes after seven years of offering streaming services to its viewers. For those that don't know, Justin.TV served as the foundation for Twitch, for many years Justin.tv and not Twitch was considered the parent company.
Justin.TV's website is now replaced with an FAQ, offering viewers and streamers information on what services have been discontinued and how it effects them. The FAQ states that all Pro Account Users (a premium account option similar to Twitch Turbo) will be receiving refunds, and that emails have already been sent out to remaining Pro Account Users.
The shutdown comes on the heels of an internal corporate restructuring, where Twitch was made the parent company, and Justin.TV became a subsidary of the company it gave birth to. This shift in priorities mirrors the shift in profits, with Twitch growing to massively overshadow its progenitor.
The shutdown of Justin.TV represents further evidence that Twitch is in the process of being acquired by Google, as was first reported in May. Google already operates their own live streaming platform under their Youtube brand, and it would be strange to see Google competing against itself for non-gaming content. Furthermore the FAQ seems to push former streamers torwards Youtube for streaming, which would be expected if Google are in fact acquiring Twitch.