It surprised many when Amazon acquired the leading video game streaming platform, Twitch, back in 2014 for a whopping $970M.

The e-commerce giant's plans for this type of platform were unclear, but knowing Jeff Bezos, you could predict that it would somehow incorporate it into their Prime membership just like they did with the Washington Post after Bezos acquired it in 2013 for a reported $250M.

During TwitchCon 2016, the platform announced their brand new Twitch Prime service which is a new premium experience on Twitch that is included with every membership of Amazon Prime.

Once you link your Prime account to Twitch, the benefits include:

  • Free game loot every month (free access to in-game content, new indie games, etc.)
  • Discounts on newly released game titles (physical copies only) during the pre-order period as well as the first two weeks after launch
  • Ad-free viewing on Twitch streams
  • Exclusive emotes and the ability to display the Twitch Prime or Turbo chat badge next to your username
  • One free channel subscription every 30 days (these still support the streamer like a regular subscription)

Twitch Prime is now available in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. Existing Prime subscriptions are automatically eligible and just need to link their Twitch account with their Amazon Prime. Anyone who signs up in the future will also experience all these benefits.

Twitch's Turbo subscription is still available and will not be replaced. Since the cost of Prime is only a few dollars more with all the same Turbo benefits and a great deal of additional non-Twitch perks, I would highly recommend cancelling Turbo and upgrading to a full Prime membership.

Via: Twitch Blog