Twitch: Selling Games On Site
Twitch, the portal through which many gamers watch others go to town on games, has announced that it will be working with a variety of game studios. At the moment, some of the more note worthy ones are Ubisoft and Telltale games. The partnerships purpose is to sell games directly to players, all while we watch our favourite streamers play.
Viewers will see a small button in the bottom left corner, as can be seen in the picture below, that will offer them the right to purchase specific twitch games. A cool advantage to this, for the streamer at least, is that they get five percent of any sale bought during their stream. The viewer on the other hand merely gets the game, and receives a Twitch Crate. For those not in the know, Twitch Crates are randomized items that are filled with emotes, chat badges, and other goodies you can drop while watching your favorite steamer player.
Wooooooo, very cool. Not really, but if you’re gonna buy the game anyways and really like a certain streamer? Go give them a cut of the profits.
It’s important to note, that games purchased through Twitch can be played through the company’s desktop app or through certain pre-existing services, one such example is Uplay. That said, popular companies such as Steam have yet to confirm any relationship to the new endeavor. So gamers won’t be able to purchase games such as Counter Strike through the stream as of yet.
Confirmed Developers are as follows: Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Digital Extremes, Hi-Rez Studios, tinyBuild, Paradox Interactive, Trion Worlds and Vlambeer. All games sold through this new method will give their respective companies 70 percent of sales, while Twitch collects 25 percent, and the Streamer collects the last little five.
While hardly anything ground breaking, I think this is a great way to support the Streamer community. After all, we waste money on games anyways. That said, why not give a small chunk of our hard earned money to a funny streamer as oppose to just the gaming conglomerate that want’s to steal our souls.
Let us know what you think about this recent development, and whether or not you’ll be purchasing any games on Twitch.
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