Do you like watching live-streams on Twitch? Are you a fan of both playing and watching competitive DOTA 2 battles? Well then, I’ve got good news for you. Earlier this week, the official DOTA 2 blog announced a partnership between Steam and Twitch, allowing folks to link their two accounts together. Why bind these two seemingly unrelated profiles, you ask? Because doing so will offer in-game rewards and other goodies.
Commenting on the benefits of merging the two accounts, the DOTA Team stated that, “this link makes you eligible for tournament item drops while watching Twitch streams as long you own the ticket for that tournament.” Bonus loot for watching a stream I was already interested in? Sounds good to me.
“We realize that people have different reasons why they prefer to watch in game or via streams and wanted to bridge the gap of features they were missing out on by choosing the service that works for them the most,” the post continues. “We hope to expand on the features available via this system and would love to hear what you think we should work on next.”
Given the massive popularity Twitch has obtained, I’d say this partnership is a good call on Valve’s part. What’s even better is that this is just the first step of integration between the two services, so I look forward to seeing what other features will come out of this pairing in the future.
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