Twitch is adding more flexibility to its channel subscriptions. The platform known for its live streams of video games has extended its partnership with payment services company Xsolla in order to give users hundreds of different ways to pay for their channel subscriptions.
Twitch first partnered with Xsolla (which is catered to the gaming industry) back in August, when it gave users the option to use a diverse selection of payment options for subscriptions to the premium Twitch Turbo service. Now, that selection can be applied to specific channel subscriptions. Some Twitch channels are free, but others require a $4.99 subscription. For the latter category, users can now pay with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, gift cards, and other e-pay services.
This is one of the first new offerings from Twitch since it was purchased by Amazon in late August. The $970 million acquisition brings Twitch into a company with a strong commercial model, and it appears to be following suit by improving its own financial flexibility.
The one apparent hole in Twitch’s new payment options, as several users have noted in the comments of an introductory blog post, is the lack of support for Dogecoin. There seems to be a lot of people who want to pay through that particular cryptocurrency, so we’ll see if Twitch offers such payments in the future.