Twitch sells games, desktop app required to play them is now in the business of selling games, and requires the Twitch desktop client to play certain titles.

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PC gamers don't typically like clients, and I don't blame them. In the world of PC gaming we have a sea of publisher-made clients: Origin, uPlay,, Blizzard (aka, and storefronts like Xbox Game Store,, and the mega-popular grand-daddy Steam. Now Twitch is consolidating its games-sales business by folding a game-launching client with its desktop app.

Twitch sells games, desktop app required to play them |

The Amazon-run streaming giant now sells PC games, and like any digital distribution service, specific games can only be played in a specific client. Using Twitch, Amazon wants to get in on Valve's mega-earning distribution business model.

Right now the list of games requiring the client are basically indies and double-AA titles like Telltale series games, and Ubisoft games still require uPlay. The company affirms the catalog will grow, and this is just the beginning.

Users can buy games from the store, or directly on a Twitch streamer's livestream. The latter method earns the streamer a 5% kickback as long as they're signed up to Twitch's new streamer agreement. Developers earn 70% of the sales from all purchases on the platform.

"Without further ado (drum roll, please...) the games! We'll be updating this list as we add new titles to our catalog. If you want to know more about a title, click on its name to go to the game's detail page. Once you're there, click on Live Channels at the top of the page to see who's streaming the game. At launch, we are offering support for PC games only," reads a post by Twitch's Tanisha Gupta.

Check below for the full list of games that currently require Twitch's desktop app to play:

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

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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