The Twitch platform is constantly evolving and adding new features. Since being purchased by Amazon in 2014, the speed of these new changes has increased. Amazon has promoted Twitch strongly, added micro transactions to the site and given Twitch its own in-site currency called Bits.
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Amazon also created Twitch Prime. It is a paid service that adds a range of premium features to Twitch. But is it worth the money? This article will take a closer look at Twitch Prime to help you decide if it is a worthwhile investment.
In 2005, Amazon created a subscription service called Amazon Prime. This service allowed customers to pay a monthly or annual subscription fee to have their purchases delivered to them within 2-days. After a few years, Amazon began adding other benefits to Amazon Prime member including access to free eBooks, a subscription to Amazon Video on Demand, access to Prime Music and much more.
Amazon created Twitch Prime in 2016. It is a service that provides premium features for Twitch users who are also subscribed to Amazon Prime. Most of the features provided by Twitch Prime relate directly to Twitch, but there are also some other general features including discounts on games and free access to additional game content.
According to Twitch.tv, Twitch Prime is included with Amazon Prime in the US, Mexico, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Australia. Twitch Prime is included with Prime Video in over 200 other countries and territories.
What Benefits Can I Get with Twitch Prime?
The main benefits of having Twitch Prime include:
1. Advertisements are removed from Twitch broadcasts
When clicking on a Twitch video stream, you will normally have to sit through a video advertisement before the stream starts. Advertisements may also appear mid-video. That’s not the case for Twitch Prime members, who can enjoy all videos without any advertisements. When using this feature, the streamer will still receive money from the ad impressions that would normally be shown — so you are still helping the channel you enjoy.
2. Access to In-Game Content
Twitch Prime will give you free access to free in-game content for major games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Neverwinter. The content changes from month to month and includes skins, weapon packs, unique characters, and emotes. Current offerings include free loot cases for Call of Duty and a unique pet for Neverwinter.
3. Twitch channel subscription
Many Twitch channels give subscribers special emoticons, chat privileges, and badges. Subscribing to a channel usually requires a small monthly donation. Twitch Prime users receive a free channel subscription which they can use on a channel that they enjoy.
4. Exclusive Twitch chat features
Twitch Prime users have access to a number of unique emoticons including KappaHD and ScaredyCat. They will also be able to change their chat color by toggling a set of 3 sliders (RGB).
5. Member-Only Prime chat badge
There is nothing like a little bling to set yourself apart from other Twitch users! All Twitch Prime members have a unique Twitch Prime chat badge. This feature can be toggled on and off.
6. Free games
Every month, Amazon will add make some free games available for Twitch Prime subscribers. All free games are offered on a limited-time-only basis, so you must download them when they are available. Previous games have included Gone Home, Deponia, Drawful 2, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, and Titan Souls. This month, Amazon is offering Prime subscribers the chance to download Hue, Uurnog, Next UpHero, and GoNNER for free.
7. Discounts on physical copies of games
If you are the kind of person who likes to have physical copies of the games you own, you will like this last feature. Twitch Prime users obtain a 20% discount on physical copies of games bought from Amazon.
How Much Does Twitch Prime Cost？Is Twitch Prime Free?
While that all sounds good, how much does it cost? But now it's not free to get Twitch Prime.
As of July 2018, a full Amazon Prime subscription will cost £7.99/$12.99 per month or £79/$99 for a year (which is the equivalent of about £6.58/$8.25 monthly).
Alternatively, you could purchase a Prime Video subscription for £5.99/$8.99. This is a video streaming service with movies and television shows. It also includes a Twitch Prime subscription, but you miss out on the other advantages of Amazon Prime including cheaper (or free) deliveries, music streaming, and cloud storage services.
There is a one-month trial of Amazon Prime available, so you can explore the features, download a few free games, and see if you think it is worth the money. Students can access discounts on Amazon Prime, including six months of free access.
How Can I Get the Twitch Prime?
Getting Twitch Prime is a fairly simple process. If you are already an existing Amazon Prime member, simply go to twitch.amazon.com/prime and click the link that says “Already an Amazon Prime Member?”. It will help you create a new Twitch account or connect an existing Twitch account to your Amazon Prime membership. If you are not an Amazon Prime member, you can either join via Twitch or Amazon.
It is important to note that some countries cannot access Amazon Prime or Twitch. You will be notified during the signup process if your country is not eligible for either platform. People in countries where Amazon Prime is not available may still be able to access Twitch Prime by purchasing Prime Video.
Some users have experienced an error where they cannot enable Twitch Prime on their Amazon Prime account. If you encounter this problem, read this short guide.
Differences between Twitch Prime and Twitch Turbo
You may have heard Twitch Turbo and if you are confusing what the differences between Twitch Turbo and Twitch Prime, here is a brief distinguish.
Twitch Turbo is a subscription program offered exclusively through Twitch.tv. It includes:
Ad-free experience across Twitch
Custom emoticon set and an expanded chat colors (similar to Twitch Prime)
Being able to save your past broadcasts on Twitch for 60 days (instead of 14 days)
Priority customer support
Twitch Prime offers all of these features, but also provides discounts on physical copies of games, free games, and free in-game content. So, if you are a Twitch Prime member, it is highly recommended to cancel Twitch Turbo.
So there you have it! Twitch Prime is an interesting product that is very useful for frequent users of Twitch. It can help you make the most out of the Twitch while obtaining some free games and in-game content. While the cost does add up over the course of a year, it makes sense for anyone who uses Twitch or Amazon extensively.
Richard Bennett is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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