Twitch Aims to Get Ahead of Steam

Twitch Aims to Get Ahead of Steam

By David Jones

Apr 6, 2017 5:00 AM PT

Twitch, the Amazon-owned live-streaming video platform, on Tuesday launched its highly anticipated online game store. It includes goodie bags and other incentives, both for gamers who take the plunge and streamers who provide the content.

Twitch earlier this year announced that it would be selling games and in-game content directly through the online store, competing directly with major gaming sites like Steam.

Twitch is starting out with about 50 titles, ranging from Ubisoft’s For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Room: Wildlands to Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead and Minecraft: Story Mode. Other titles include Digital Extremes’ Warframe and Campo Santo’s Firewatch.

Gamers can download their purchases using the Twitch App or through existing services like Uplay.

Streaming partners who participate in Twitch’s commerce program will earn a 5 percent commission when customers buy games or in-game items from their channel page.

Payments will be made to their Amazon accounts in U.S. dollars; Twitch will add support for other currencies in the coming months.

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