Earlier today, Twitch dropped some news that's sure to make Gamestop very happy: You'll soon be able to buy video games through Twitch streams.
(There are dangerous amounts of sarcasm radiating from the preceding sentence. Please protect yourself accordingly.)
It's simple stuff. If a partnered streamer is playing a game that catches your eye, you can click on a button to purchase the game (or in-game items) yourself. The transaction goes through your Amazon account, and the prices are in USD. The partnered streamer gets 5% of the revenue generated from the sale.
Not every game is up for grabs yet, however. Twitch hasn't mentioned any specifics, it says it's partnered with several publishers for its "Get it on Twitch" program. Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Paradox Interactive, and Devolver Digital are just a few: Check out Twitch's blog post about the new program for a full list.
But wait! There's more!
If you make any purchase over $4.99 USD through Get it on Twitch, you'll receive a Twitch Crate. This digital goody-box is packed with a reward specific to the purchased game, such as "a game-specific emote, a chat badge, or some Bits." The contents of the crate are randomly generated.
The program kicks off sometime in spring 2017.