Twitch to start selling games, a cut to go to streamers

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The Twitch community includes not only viewers and streamers, but also the game creators who provide incredible new adventures for them to experience together. The relationship between these three groups is what makes Twitch, Twitch. Now, we’re excited to announce a way that Twitch will bring them all closer together. Twitch has always been the best place to watch, share, and play games. Soon, it will be the best place to sell your games as well.

We’re proud to be launching this spring with great game creators including Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Digital Extremes, Hi-Rez Studios, tinyBuild, Paradox Interactive, Trion Worlds, Vlambeer, and more.

70% to the developer/publisher and should the sale come from a Twitch partner’s channel/page 5% to them.

Could it be a real competitor to Steam? Perhaps not right now but definitely could be the beginning of something more substantial.

Games will be purchased and played via the “Twitch Launcher” meaning the likelihood of some sort of DRM is high. Annoyingly it means having yet another app to launch games on-top of Steam, Ubisoft, EA’s Origin, etc but hey at least you’ll be supporting your favourite content producer in the process.

It’ll be interesting to see if they get current AAA or its relegated to Indie and the bargain bins.

Source: Twitch Developers – Games Commerce