Twitch has announced users are going to be able to buy games through its client starting this week. It was revealed back in February that Twitch is launching its own PC gaming client which ties in with its streaming service and Amazon’s own storefront, providing a one-stop shop for watching, buying and playing games.
To start with the range of titles which are going to be available is limited. Twitch has signed up a select number of publishers early doors, offering a total of around 50 titles in the initial range. It includes some of the most popular Twitch streaming titles like The Division, Warframe, Paladins, Ghost Recon Wildlands, For Honor, and practically every Telltale title. In the case of the F2P titles this presumably means micro-transactions.
In an effort to tempt players in from other digital storefronts, games bought from Twitch will also contain a unique bonus - Twitch Creates. Any purchase of $4.99 or more will include a Twitch Crate. Inside are unique items such as chat emojis, badges, or Bits. Some of the goodies are rarer than others so it’s a bit of a gamble what you're going to get. You also run the risk of getting duplicates, and as of now there is no way to trade those spares.
As for the purchasing of games themselves, this is a matter of some controversy. 70% of the cash goes to the publisher, 25% to Twitch themselves, and 5% goes to the streamer you’re watching when you buy the game. It seems innocent enough at first glance, with Twitch saying streamers can "make a living doing what they love." The worry is that this encourages streamers to talk about the games they’re playing in a positive light in order to shift more copies. At the end of the day this is a hard thing to enforce so it’s going to come down to trust more than anything; trust in a person who has a vested interest in selling this product.
Are you open to buying games through the Twitch client? Does the idea of streamers shilling games trouble you?