Twitch has a dilemma -- it can get you fired up about a game, but then you've got to head off to Steam or another site when it comes time to buy (insert sad trombone sound). However, the Amazon-owned streaming outfit has some big news that changes all that. Starting this spring, you'll be able to purchase games directly from Twitch -- if you're watching a stream about Tom Clancy's The Division, for instance, you can click on a "buy now" button directly below the stream, as shown above.
Games can also be purchased on the "details" page for a given title. They can then be downloaded and played via the existing Twitch launcher desktop app (which arrived with Twitch Prime) or via publishers' services like Uplay. Buyers will also get "Twitch Crates" rewards that differ from standard loot boxes with Twitch-centric emotes, chat badges and "Bits for Cheering."
Twitch says it will make "dozens" of games available from both AAA and indie studios including Telltale Games, Ubisoft, Digital Extremes, Hi-Rez Studios, tinyBuild, Paradox Interactive, and others. (There's no comprehensive list of titles yet, however.)
Developers get 70 percent of the money, streamers earn a 5 percent take and the rest, we presume, goes to Twitch. "By allowing viewers to help support their favorite streamer just by buying a game on Twitch, we're able to help strengthen the community that has done so much for us," says Telltale Games SVP Steve Allison.