Touted as a way to get your hands on games faster while supporting your favorite streamer, Twitch.TV is now selling games directly through the video service.

If you’re a fan of watching others play games before you commit to buying them, the best thing ever just happened to Twitch.TV. You can now buy your games after you watch someone else play without going to multiple places. Leveraging the buying and selling power of Amazon – Twitch TV’s parent company – Twitch viewers can enjoy some small perks to buying games after watching them on Twitch.TV. So what do you get? What games are available? What’s the catch?

Luckily, there is no special “catch”. With the exception of Steam partnership which doesn’t exist, Amazon and Twitch.TV are doing things right in their latest offering. Trying to offer something for the consumers, the streamers, and catch a profit along the way, Twitch.TV will allow gamers to “buy now” any title they are watching. For those buying, you’ll enjoy a brand new “Twitch Crate”. At this point we’re making more questions than giving answers.

What is a Twitch Crate?

Each Twitch Crate contains random rewards like chat badges, emotes, or a surprise number of Bits. The emotes and badges in Twitch Crates range from common to very rare. Some games have custom emotes as well. If one is available for the game or in-game content you just purchased, you’ll get that in your Twitch Crate, too.

How can I tell if my purchase includes a Twitch Crate?

Any purchase of a game or in-game item on Twitch that costs $4.99 or more will earn you a Twitch Crate.

Can I earn multiple Twitch Crates for a single purchase? (Example: Does a $50 game get you 10 crates?)

You can only earn one Twitch Crate per purchase. The purchase of a $50 game will get you one Twitch Crate.

Can I receive duplicate rewards from Twitch Crates? If so, what can I do with those extra items?

It is possible to get duplicates of an emote or chat badge as you open your Twitch Crates. In this case, your inventory will only show one of that item. At this time there is no way to trade those duplicates.

If I Buy A Game On Twitch.TV, How Do I Claim In-Game Content?

Games purchased on Twitch can either be downloaded and played via the Twitch App, or through existing services…

Ubisoft

All games

When you receive a message that you have a game added to your Ubisoft account, launch Uplay and login, and you will find the game in the Games hub.

Don’t have Uplay? Download and install the app using this link.

All in-game content

When you receive a message that you have a game item added to your Ubisoft account, it will be available the next time you launch your game.

HiRez

Smite

  1. Go to https://www.hirezstudios.com/link/ and log into your Hi-Rez Studios account
  2. Follow the instructions to link your Hi-Rez Studios account to your Twitch Account
  3. Log into Smite and receive your items

You will only need to link your account once. If you are already linked and logged in, you will need to relogin to receive your items.

Paladins

  1. Go to https://www.hirezstudios.com/link/ and log into your Hi-Rez Studios account
  2. Follow the instructions to link your Hi-Rez Studios account to your Twitch Account
  3. Log into Paladins and receive your items

You will only need to link your account once. If you are already linked and logged in, you will need to relogin to receive your items.

Digital Extremes

Warframe

  1. Go to https://www.warframe.com/user and log into your Warframe account
  2. Click “Link your Twitch Account” and follow the instructions to link your Warframe account to your Twitch Account
  3. Log into Warframe and receive your items

You will only need to link your account once. If you are already linked and logged in, you will need to relogin to receive your items.

Blue Mammoth

Brawlhalla

To redeem your purchase Link your Twitch account to your Brawlhalla account.
Your Mammoth Coin total will update the next time you launch Brawlhalla.

How to link your Twitch account:

  1. Launch Brawlhalla
  2. Click the Options button (the wrench) -> Account Linking -> Twitch ID
  3. Follow the instructions to finish linkin

Trion

For ArcheAge only:

  1. Click here to log in to your existing Trion Glyph account or create a new account
  2. Once you have logged in or created a new account, follow the instructions on that page to link your Trion Glyph and Twitch accounts
  3. After linking your accounts, click here to claim your item(s) and select the character you want them delivered to
  4. Log in to Glyph, launch the game, and your items will be waiting for you

You will only need to link your account once. If you have already linked your account, you just need to log in to the game to claim your items. If you are already in-game you will need to log in again.

For all titles except ArcheAge:

Includes: Atlas Reactor, Trove, Devilian, Defiance, Rift

  1. Click here to log in to your existing Trion Glyph account or create a new account
  2. Once you have logged in or created a new account, follow the instructions on that page to link your Trion Glyph and Twitch accounts
  3. After linking your accounts, log in to Glyph, launch the game, and your items will be waiting for you

You will only need to link your account once. If you have already linked your account, you just need to log in to the game to claim your items. If you are already in-game you will need to log in again.

What’s In It For The Streamer And How Do I Join?

How much money do streamers get when I buy a game or in-game content?

The standard agreement with partnered streamers that opt in to this program provides them with 5% of the purchase price (less items such as, taxes or discounts) from the sale of games and in-game items that are purchased from their channel page.

This implies some strange attraction to newer and more expensive titles which we detailed in our other article, if you still need to know more.

I’m a partnered streamer. How do I opt in to receive revenue from this program?

To opt into the program, go to your dashboard in the Partner Settings tab, scroll down to the Monetization section, and see “Enable Revenue from Game Sales”.

Click the checkmark and you will be asked to review and agree to an amendment to your Partner Agreement that makes you eligible to receive revenue earned through this program. Some of you will be prompted to fill out an additional tax form.

Once you have completed the above steps, if your tax for has been filled out correctly, you will be eligible to earn 5% of the revenue from purchases that originate from your channel page while you are broadcasting a game that is either for sale or has in game items for sale on Twitch. This revenue will appear in your revenue dashboard under Game Sales and will be paid out with your regular payout.

What Games Are Available For Twitch Partner Streaming To Earn Money?

Some games will require consumers to install and use the Twitch Desktop App or other service associations to play, but here’s the full list of games:

Games requiring the Twitch Desktop App:
Anomaly 2
Anomaly: Warzone Earth
Axiom Verge
BATMAN — The Telltale Series
Beat Cop
Breach & Clear
Broken Age
Clustertruck
Darkest Dungeon
Drawful 2
Enter the Gungeon
Fibbage XL
Firewatch
Hard Reset: Redux
Heavy Bullets
The Jackbox Party Pack
The Jackbox Party Pack 2
The Jackbox Party Pack 3
Kathy Rain
Kingdom: New Lands
LOVE
Minecraft: Story Mode
Nuclear Throne
Okhlos: Omega
Psychonauts
Punch Club
Quiplash
RunGunJumpGun
Streamline
The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga 2
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: Season 2
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
The Wolf Among Us
This War of Mine
Titan Souls
Tyranny
Zombie Night Terror

Games requiring Brawlhalla account:
Brawlhalla

Games requiring Glyph:
Atlas Reactor
RIFT
Trove

Games requiring Hi-Rez account:
Paladins
SMITE

Games requiring Uplay:
For Honor
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six:Siege
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Watch Dogs 2

Games requiring Warframe account:
Warframe