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Twitch's online game store now open for business

Twitch now has an online PC game store. (Source: Twitch)
Twitch now has an online PC game store. (Source: Twitch)
The new service will allow users to buy the PC game in the stream they're watching. The store will offer 50 titles to start, and Twitch Partners will get 5% of purchases made from their stream.

Have you ever seen gameplay footage that immediately made you want to buy the game? Twitch is making that a possibility.

Yesterday saw the opening of Twitch’s new digital games store. Available games can be purchased directly from a link on streamers’ channels. When a streamer starts playing a game that’s available through Twitch, viewers can click a link that allows them to purchase a digital copy of the streamed game. There are currently 50 games available, including For Honor, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Psychonauts, Firewatch, and Telltale games like Minecraft: Story Mode and The Walking Dead series.

There’s a slight incentive for streamers to play games available for purchase as well. Twitch Partners will receive 5% of the purchase price (less taxes). The game creators and publishers will receive 70% of the purchase price, and Twitch will retain the remaining percentage. Also, for purchases over $4.99, buyers will get some goodies like Twitch Crates. The Crates will contain various Twitch tools, such as emotes, badges, and more.

The service can be accessed either via Twitch’s dedicated desktop app or through the Twitch website. It’ll be interesting to see if Twitch can compete with other digital distribution juggernauts. Services like Steam and GOG seem to have the digital gaming market cornered. Twitch has a lot of work to do to make its service competitive.

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Sam Medley, 2017-04- 5 (Update: 2017-04- 5)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.