Twitch has confirmed that it will be opening up shop this week to sell more than 50 video games through its popular streaming platform.
Some of the launch titles will include The Walking Dead and Minecraft: Story Mode (Telltale Games), Smite and Paladins: Champions of the Realm (Hi-Rez Studios), Firewatch (Campo Santo), Broken Age and Psychonauts (Double Fine Productions), For Honor and Ghost Recon: Wildlands (Ubisoft), and Warframe (Digital Extremes) among others.
According to a press release, users will be able to purchase and download their games through the official Twitch Desktop App or existing developer or publisher-operated services. Purchasing a game that costs $4.99 or more will reward the buyer with a Twitch Crate, offering digital goodies as such exclusive emotes and badges to be used while watching streams on the platform.
As for the revenue model, partnered Twitch streamers will earn five percent of sales that originate from their channels while developers will keep 70 percent of the sale. As for Twitch, it is entitled to the remaining 25 percent.
For the time being, all purchases will have to be done with United States dollars. However, the company confirmed that it will introduce localized purchases in the future.
It is unclear as to when exactly the store will go live. The announcement only confirmed the launch date to be arriving “soon.” That would put it as soon as tomorrow or the coming weekend. When the commerce section does go live,
The Amazon-owned website boasts more than 1.5 million broadcasters and 100 million viewers every month. It is the largest and leading streaming platform on the planet, especially when it comes to esports. It was only a matter of time before Twitch used its large audience to sell games. The announcement came last month, with the company stating that it was a highly requested feature from the community.