This article discusses how Google is considering buying Twitch for $1 Billion.
While this may seem insane to some, it will make perfect sense if you read the article. Twitch is a large venture, and they have an incredible amount of users. One point in the article mentions that Twitch is bigger than HBO GO, if you go by percentage of broadband taken up during peak hours. So on one hand, Google wants to pick up Twitch before somebody else does. But on another hand, it seems that Google sees the potential for spectator gaming. You could say that they are making a $1 Billion bet that spectator gaming will hit and become a big thing. Even just this level of confidence from a company like Google will likely get other players interested as well, and everybody will be pushing for spectator gaming to happen. It is almost like a self fulfilling prophecy.