Twitch is officially going head-to-head with Steam with its very own games store. It promises to get “great games into your hands faster” and “reward you with goodies,” and the purchases you make will support your favorite streamers. The store is available online and through the new Twitch app for desktops.
Twitch says that “at launch,” only PC games are available, but it sounds like the company has plans to offer titles for other platforms later. Most of the games currently available require you to have the Twitch desktop app installed, while others require third-party services, such as Glyph, Uplay, and Warframe.
There are around 50 games up for grabs right now. Some of the highlights include:
- BATMAN — The Telltale Series
- For Honor
- Minecraft: Story Mode
- Punch Club
- The Walking Dead
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Watch Dogs 2
You’ll be able to shop for games just like you would using a service like Steam, but Twitch is also offering the ability to buy titles through your favorite streamers. When you see them playing a supported title, a “buy now” link will appear beneath the video, and the streamer will receive 5 percent of the purchase price should you go ahead and buy the game.
Purchases of $4.99 or more will earn you a shiny Twitch Crate, which includes randomly-generated rewards, such as emotes, badges, and Bits.
You can buy games from the Twitch store worldwide, but for now, all pricing is in U.S. dollars. Twitch promises it will add support for other currencies in the coming months. For more information, check out the company’s blog post by following the source link below.