Twitch today announced that the game streaming network will soon start selling games on its platform. The company is teaming up with a handful of game studios to launch its new service, which will allow Twitch viewers to buy games that are being played by a certain streamer. For example, if a streamer is playing Watch Dogs 2, you will be able to buy it right from Twitch which is kinda neat. Once you buy a game, you will be able to download it via the Twitch launcher or you can get it via services such as Uplay which is quite interesting.
What’s even better about this is that whenever you buy a game from Twitch, you will be able to support streamers as they will get 5% of the revenue generated from the sale of games, along with the in-game items. However, there’s a catch: only Twitch’s stream partners are eligible for the 5% cut — therefore leaving out most of Twitch’s content creators.
For the launch, Twitch is teaming up with a handful of game studios, including Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Digital Extremes, Hi Rez Studios, Double Fine Games, Fred Wood, 11Bit, Jackbox Games, tinyBuild, Raw Fury, Devolver Digital, Gambitious, Trion Worlds, Blue Mammoth Games, iNK Stories, Versus Evil, Proletariat, Paradox Interactive, Vlambeer and Campo Santo.
It is very interesting to see Twitch getting into this market considering the fact that Steam is already doing really well. Microsoft’s Windows Store is also going to be a major competitor for Twitch, but the streamers on Twitch might just be able to attract viewers to buy games off Twitch.
You will be able to start buying games from Twitch this Spring.