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Guide to Earning Revenue from Game Sales

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2017 09:33AM PDT

Guide to Earning Revenue from Game Sales

This article explains how Partners can earn revenue from sales of games and in-game items that originate from your channel page.

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In the spring of 2017 Twitch will be launching a new initiative to allow the sale of games and in-game items on Twitch. Partnered broadcasters that opt in can earn a 5% share of the revenue from purchases that originate from their channel page.
 

 


How it works:
When you are broadcasting a game that is available on Twitch, an offer to buy the game or in-game item(s) will automatically appear on your channel page in a new area just below the video window. This offer area will appear on your channel page even if you are not opted in to receive revenue from purchases.

Only partners will be eligible to earn revenue through this program (5% share of the purchase price)

When viewers buy on Twitch, they get a Twitch Crate that contains surprises. It could be an exclusive emote, chat badge, or some Bits. We may add new types of content over time. So your viewers will always get something extra when they buy, plus they get to help support you just by buying a game.

All this happens without any effort from you, once you’ve filled out the tax paperwork and signed the agreement. We set this up to be automated so you don’t have to do any selling. Just play and enjoy and do what you do best.
 

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.


To find out which games and in game items are for sale on Twitch, watch the Twitch blog and follow @Twitch twitter feed where we will announce all new content as it becomes available. When you input the title of the game you will be playing while setting up your broadcast, a green icon with a $ will appear next to the title if that game or its in-game content is available for sale.
 
  • Q: In which countries will game purchase be available?
    • A: At launch, game purchase will available in countries that Amazon supports, and in US dollars only, using an Amazon account. Support for local currencies will be added in the coming months.
       
  • QWhat is the rev share to partnered streamers?
    • A: The standard agreement with partnered streamers is 5% of the revenue generated from the sale of games and in-game items that are purchased from their channel page.
       
  • QHow are games and in-game items purchased on Twitch fulfilled/downloaded?
    • A: Games can be downloaded and played via the Twitch App, or through existing developer or publisher-operated services like Uplay via account linking. In-game items are fulfilled directly to the game by linking your Twitch account to your game account.
       
  • Q: Will statistics be available on my dashboard?
    • A: At launch, you will see a new item on your revenue report called Game Sales. It will show the total revenue earned from game purchases, but will not have detail on what items were sold or to whom. We are working on more robust reporting in your dashboard.
       
  • Q: Can I opt out?
    • A: Our goal was to make this really easy for partners to add a new revenue stream with no extra work from you. So this is set up to just automatically appear on channel pages when an available game is being played, and there is no opt out.
       
  • QI'm a one game partner, I feel left out of this product. Will there be future plans that will include me?
    • A: In the near term our goal is to grow the game catalog to the point where “if you can watch it on Twitch, you can buy it on Twitch,” and that includes in game items as well as games. In the medium term, yes, what we are building will allow for all kinds of things including merchandise sales, gaming gear etc. but we’re not ready to announce any of that yet.
       
  • QWill statistics be available on my dashboard? What will it look like? Can I use them for marketing power to developers?
    • A: At launch, you will see a new item on your revenue report called Game Sales. It will not have detail on what items were sold or to whom. We want your feedback on what you would like to see so we can make it more useful to you.
       
  • Q: How are games fulfilled? Are you selling Steam Codes?
    • A: We are not selling Steam codes. Twitch users will download and play some games, including all Amazon Game Studios games, via the Twitch App (formerly known as Curse). Other games will be fulfilled through an existing service such as Ubisoft’s Uplay linking Twitch ID and game ID accounts.
       
  • QWill this interfere with other sponsorship deals I have?
    • A: We want you to keep doing all the other sponsorships you’re doing. This should just be a little icing on the cake for you.
       
  • QWill there be alerts/notifications available so I can give a shoutout or trigger an overlay when someone buys?
    • A: This will not be available at launch but will be added asap after launch.
       
  • Q: What regions is game purchase available in? Will all partners be able to earn?
    • A: Purchase is available in countries where Amazon supports, and payments are made using an Amazon account. At launch, all pricing is in US dollars. We’ll add support for more currencies in the coming months. This will be available to all partners.
       
  • QHow do can my viewers download games they get on Twitch?
    • A: Games purchased on Twitch can be downloaded and played via the Twitch App, or through existing services like Uplay.
       
  • QHow many/which games will be available at launch?
    • A: We’ll be talking more about the games in the next few weeks. We can say we’re proud to have the following game creators as launch partners: Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Digital Extremes, Hi Rez Studios, Double Fine Games, Fred Wood, 11Bit, Jackbox Games, tinyBuild, Raw Fury, Devolver Digital, Gambitious, Trion Worlds, Blue Mammoth Games, iNK Stories, Versus Evil, Proletariat, Paradox Interactive, Vlambeer and Campo Santo.
       
  • QIf I’m a non partnered streamer, can viewers buy games from my channel page?
    • A: An offer to buy a game or in game content will appear on all streamer channel pages when a game is being played that is offered for sale by Twitch. Only partnered streamers will be eligible to earn revenue through this program.