Streaming Platform Twitch Will Start Selling Games Soon
The popular streaming platform Twitch has announced that it will be possible to buy games on the platform at the end of the year. Users and viewers will be able to purchase a title via a Twitch stream or replay, and a percentage of the profits will be handed towards the Twitch-streamer.
Twitch has announced all Twitch partners will be eligible for the revenue sharing of purchased video games. Five percent of the order amount will receive 5 percent of the total purchase price. Gaming studios and publishers will receive a 70% cut, while the rest will go to Twitch.
Viewers of certain streamers will be able to buy the games directly, but in-game content as well. It’s also possible for Twitch users to earn a Twitch-crate if you purchase something above a certain amount, which contain emotes or chat badges.
The feature should be made available worldwide in the spring of 2017, although only USD currency will be used at a first stage. According to Twitch, it will also be possible to purchase using a different currency. Payments are being processed through Amazon. You’ll be able to play your purchased games via the Twitch-launcher itself or other services, such as Ubisoft’s Uplay.
Twitch has mentioned a number of different partners that will sell games via the streaming platform, including Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Hi Rez Studios, Paradox Interactive, Double Fine Games, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, among others.
The announcement implies that Twitch will compete with other purchasing platforms such as Steam and Origin.