Twitch's launches its own game store to take on Steam

Yolanda Curtis
April 5, 2017

Twitch is sweetening the deal by offering anyone who buys a game or in-game item valued at $4.99/£4.99 or more via the service a free Twitch Crate, which will get you a randomised drop of customised swag.

Twitch's library dwarfs in comparison to other gaming e-shops such as Steam, GOG, or Humble with just barely over 50 games available for purchase, but makes up for it with a selection of games perfectly fit for the platform.

Twitch has announced that the ability to buy games directly through its platform, a new feature that was first revealed back in February, is now live. Now, if they are really enjoying what they see, there's no need to leave in order to buy that game. Partnered streamers will earn 5 percent of sales that originate from their channel, while the game's creators will get 70 percent. They include titles such as For Honor, Minecraft: Story Mode, Firewatch, Warframe, SMITE and Paladins. That could include exclusive emotes, chat badges and Bits for Cheering.

Several fit-for-a-wide-audience titles are on sale, such as several of Telltale's episodic series, the recently released Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and all three Jackbox Party Packs - the latter being excellent party games actively designed with streaming in mind. In celebratio of the launch, community members have a chance to win gaming and streaming related prizes with the Twitch Crates Gear Giveaway.

Games or in-game items that cost USA $4.99 or more will earn consumers a Twitch Crate, which includes randomly generated rewards like emotes, badges, and Bits for Cheering. Twitch said users will be able to purchase games directly from Twitch channels and game pages - whether you're using the website or the newly launched desktop app.

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