Pioneering live video streaming platform Justin.tv shut down

With reports making rounds about a possible acquisition of video-game-streaming service Twitch by Google, Twitch has recently announced the shutdown of Justin. tv, a site which streamed live videos.

In a home-page statement released on Tuesday, Justin. tv - the pioneering live video streaming platform - announced its closure. Justin. tv was co-founded by "proto-lifecaster" Justin Kan and Emmett Shear; and was launched in 2007 as a "lifecasting" platform. It gave the users the ability to broadcast videos online, and led to the founding of Twitch. tv.

As a result of the shutdown of Justin. tv, all of the site's products and services - including its website, mobile apps, and APIs - are no longer available. The Justin. tv home-page now serves as a FAQ page, which features a brief explanation with regard to the shuttering of the site.

The explanation reads as follows: "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."

In addition, the Justin. tv homepage also includes a video tribute to the discontinued service; with the shutdown explanation further asserting: "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."

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