Twitch Announces A Steam Competitor?

The popular streaming service Twitch just keeps the news coming. As you may know or should have read on the site (insert shameless plug here) Twitch recently announced the ability to change your username every 60 days. Now they have announced the ability to buy PC games directly from your favorite streamers page. The service, called Twitch Games Commerce, will launch in Spring 2017.

How it works

Simple. Whenever a streamer is playing a game that is available to purchase through Twitch an offer to buy the game for yourself will be placed below the video. Partnered Twitch streamers who choose to opt into the new service will then receive a 5% share of the revenue from that game purchased directly from their channel and developers will receive a 70% share. The viewers that purchased the game will receive a digital Twitch Crate that contains a randomly generated reward such as an emote, badges, or Bits for Cheering. Games that are purchased can then be downloaded and played through the Twitch launcher.

Which Developers Are Involved?

So far Twitch has listed Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Digital Extremes, Hi-Rez Studios, tinyBuild, Paradox Interactive, Trion Worlds, Vlambeer “and more” as the developers that have come on board to participate in the launch of the service.

Which Regions Are Games Available To Purchase?

The games are available to be purchased globally through an Amazon account. In the beginning all of the games will be priced in U.S Dollars with support from other currencies coming later down the line.

Will you begin purchasing your PC games through Twitch or will Steam and/or other sites remain your go to option? Let us know in the comments.

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