Just after Amazon’s 20% off computer/gaming peripheral sale in celebration of TwitchCon 2016, the company is now announcing a brand new service that will see the popular Twitch streaming platform completely integrated into Amazon Prime. Many suspected Twitch’s premium service would get rolled into Prime in some way after the company was acquired by Amazon a couple years back, and now it looks as though that is exactly what is happening.
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The aptly named Twitch Prime service is being described as a “new premium experience on Twitch that is included with Amazon Prime.” You can expect everything from free game loot every month (“like instant access to the newest Hearthstone hero”) as well as indie games and much of the same benefits current premium Twitch subscribers enjoy.
As for how this effects the currently existing Twitch Turbo service, it looks like Twitch Prime will be taking over the mantle, for the most part. Current Turbo members are safe and keep everything they have now, but Twitch will longer offer that option in countries where the new service is available (US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain). Considering they both offer many of the same benefits – ad-free viewing, exclusive emotes, chat badge, one free channel subscription per month and more – there shouldn’t be much of an issue here. You’ll find more details on Turbo accounts below along with everything else you need to know about Twitch Prime in this video:
Better yet, current Amazon Prime members get Twitch Prime at no extra cost, all you need to do is link the two accounts right here. The announcement comes just on the heels on of Amazon’s TwitchCon 20% off computer/gaming peripherals sale.
What is Twitch Prime?
Here it is: Twitch Prime is a new premium experience on Twitch that is included with Amazon Prime. As a Twitch Prime member, you get free game loot every month, like instant access to the newest Hearthstone hero,Tyrande Whisperwind, or the new indie game, Streamline. You also receive discounts on new-release box games sold by Amazon during the pre-order period and for the first two weeks after launch. And on Twitch, once you link your Amazon Prime account to your Twitch account, you get an ad-free viewing experience, exclusive emotes and chat badge, and one free channel subscription every 30 days. When Twitch Prime members use their free channel subscription every month, the streamer gets paid just like any other subscription, so this introduces a new way to help support the streamers you love, even if you’ve never subscribed before. Or, you can just use it for crashing subscriber-only chat rooms. Your choice, boss! 🙂
Q. In which countries is Twitch Prime available?
A. In the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain
Q. How much does Twitch Prime cost?
A. Twitch Prime is included with Amazon Prime.
Q. What is Amazon Prime?
A. Amazon Prime is a membership program through Amazon. Prime includes multiple benefits, such as the newly added Twitch Prime, unlimited access to fast shipping, and more! Check out the full list of Amazon Prime benefits in: US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. If you are new to Amazon Prime, visit your local Amazon website to start a 30-day free trial. After your free trial, Amazon Prime membership price varies by country.
Q. Some of those benefits sound a lot like Turbo. Is Turbo going away?
A. First, some reassurance: we’re not taking Turbo away from anyone. If you’re a Turbo member, and you prefer to keep your Turbo subscription, you can. But considering everything included with Twitch Prime, we hope you’ll consider upgrading. In regions where Twitch Prime is available (US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), we will no longer take new Turbo subscriptions, and instead will roll the following benefits into Twitch Prime: ad-free viewing across Twitch, exclusive emotes (the ones you get with Turbo, plus some new ones), an exclusive chat badge, and 60 days of video storage for past broadcasts. The chat badge is the Twitch Prime crown, not the Turbo badge.