Amazon Prime now includes awesome Twitch benefits

Ad-free viewing, free game loot, discounts, emotes and one free channel sub per month.

Twitch fans who also subscribe to Amazon Prime are finally able to, shall we say, KAPPA-talise on Twitch's 2014 sale to the ecommerce giant after the streaming site announced a new service called Twitch Prime.

Twitch Prime is available for free to anyone who uses Amazon Prime - you just go to twitchprime.com and link your accounts - and offers some neat benefits. You'll get free game loot every month, pre-order discounts on boxed games as part of Amazon Prime, ad-free Twitch viewing and the option to subscribe to one Twitch channel per month for free.

Twitch isn't messing around with these benefits. Initial game loot includes access to new indie game Streamline and a free Hearthstone hero, Tyrande Whisperwind, as well as Smite and Paladins skins to coincide with Twitchcon. You also get new emotes and chat badges. Hopefully future months will be equally bounteous.

Subscribing to a channel for free is nothing to be sniffed at, either - it's a great way to support streamers you care about, because they get paid normally even though it's at no extra cost to you, and you get to terrorise their subs-only chat channel.

Subscribing to Amazon Prime - and therefore Twitch Prime - costs $10.99/month or $99/year and you get a 30-day free trial before payment kicks in.

Twitch Turbo, which has some similar benefits, remains available in countries where Amazon Prime isn't available. Twitch advises Turbo users to cancel their Turbo sub if they are going the Prime route, since there's almost complete overlap in features, although there's nothing to stop you maintaining both subs. Check out the FAQ on the announcement blog for clarification.

Tom Bramwell

British writer who used to work for Eurogamer and Riot Games. Increasingly obsessed with esports.

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