Twitch, the platform for streaming video games and other content, is one of the most popular sites worldwide, with millions of people accessing it every day. Amazon, owner of Twitch, wants to take advantage of this popularity, so before the end of spring, will begin to sell games.
In an entry on its blog, Twitch noted that with this sales program, the audience will find the “Buy Now” button below each stream, so they can purchase the game they are watching. As you can imagine, sales will be made through Amazon, and although it may only be possible to pay in USD, shipments will be made to various parts of the world.
It is important to note that, at least at this time, not all games will be available in this program. This is because only the following distributors are part of the program: 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. Of course, we can not rule out more companies joining before the debut of the program.
Clearly this will not only have benefits for Twitch and Amazon, since the streamers that are part of the program will get 5% of the profits generated by their transmissions. On the other hand, the button will also appear in the streams of those who are not part of the program, so the main difference will be that they will not get their commission.
Also, this new method of video game sales will have benefits for buyers. This we say as with all purchases over $4.99 USD the players will receive a Twitch Crate with digital rewards to use on the site.
Keep in mind that this is not the only news for Twitch that has been announced in recent days. As you know, at the end of last week, the company announced that its users can now change their name.