New Twitch Rewards Bring Emotes and More!
In an unexpected move, online streaming service Twitch is bringing it’s own online game store in the running, letting viewers earn rewards for purchasing games through their service.
Now, when streamers are playing a game available on Twitch, you’ll be able to purchase it directly from their channel page. Games or in-game items that cost $4.99 or more will earn you a shiny Twitch Crate, which includes randomly generated rewards like emotes, badges, and Bits for Cheering.
With over 50 different titles to begin with on the Twitch Store, popular Twitch-partnered streamers will be able to earn a small amount of the transactions whenever a viewer purchases the game they’re playing via the Twitch Store! You will know that a partnered streamer is opted in to earn revenue when you see the words “Purchase revenue is shared with <streamer’s Twitch name>” to the right of the purchase button on the channel page. For parternered streamers, this is an amazing bonus to their income, with 5% of each purchase of that game going towards the streamer.
While the beginning game library can be read here , this does raise an interesting question: will streamers specifically go out of their way to play Twitch Store approved games in search of an extra bit of cash? The temptation is certainly there, although it will be up to their fans and audience to decide if they want to make the purchase. Although it is worth noting the buyer also gets a Twitch Crate on any purchase over $4.99
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.
for more info on the new Twitch Store service, check out the official new-release here!