Twitch had 45 million users by the end of 2013, many of whom were spending an average of more than 100 minutes a day on the site.
What's even more impressive is that a Sandvine report revealed Twitch accounts for 1.35 percent of all Internet traffic. That puts it ahead of some well known brands like HBO GO.
In fact, ad revenue and user donations are so good on the site that some people, such as this streamer known as TrumpSC, have made streaming video games their day job. Admit it: your 11-year-old self would be pretty jealous.
So what does Twitch do for Amazon? Re/Code points out it provides them with an "attractive but hard to reach shopper demographic" young men. The site had already been bulking up its video advertising in recent months, so this move makes sense for the company.
It's clear Twitch has been wanting a buy-out for a while now. Earlier this month, it cleared out thousands of recordings containing copyrighted audio from the site in an effort to look less of a legal risk to buyers. AsArs Technica points out, that move angered a lot of Twitch users.
It's not so clear what the purchase means for Twitch. Amazon could leave it as-is, like Facebook did when it purchased Instagram, or there could be big changes on the horizon for the gaming community's favorite hangout.