The Internet Gaming Database Got Purchased by Twitch

Alessio Palumbo
Internet Gaming Database and Twitch

The Internet Gaming Database, or IGDB, has been acquired by Twitch (which is to say by Amazon, basically). Owner Jerome Richer De Forges shared the news via a Medium blog post a couple of days ago.

Today, we are very excited to announce the next chapter of our story: IGDB has joined the Twitch family! Millions of people visit Twitch every day to connect with their favorite streamers and communities. This opportunity takes the Internet Gaming Database to a whole new level, giving us the opportunity to be an even bigger part of your gaming life.

Why Twitch?

Our mission has always been to build the most comprehensive gaming database in the world. Such a monumental undertaking can be quite challenging when you are a small startup team. By joining Twitch, we will be able to tap into their experience, resources, and skills, which will enable us to accelerate our progress and deliver the version of the Internet Gaming Database we all always dreamed about. Not only that, our companies share the same culture, core values, and passion for gaming– making this the perfect fit.

What’s Next?

First things first: the API is here to stay, and we are merging our premium and free tiers into a single new free tier. Going forward, that means that you will now contribute information to Twitch as well as the Internet Gaming Database and the thousands of apps, services, and websites that are powered by this information.

We’re also taking this opportunity to clean up some features and migrate infrastructure in order to make room for new and improved tools.

Amazon also owns the much more famous Internet Movie Database (IMDB), in case you didn't know. Additionally, the IGDB will now contribute to Twitch as well, which hopefully means search results there will improve as well.

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