Amazon Launch Twitch Prime, Part Of Amazon Prime

Amazon launched Twitch Prime over the weekend, adding perks for the livestreaming service to Amazon Prime subscriptions. Primepeople don’t see Twitch ads, get a free subscription to a Twitch channel, get chat emoticons and stuff, and will receive a small freebie every month for a game, such as a Hearthstone hero. Or, as Twitch say:

“We wanted to make it like a secret level that unlocks the best parts of Twitch and the best parts of Amazon, where members would feel like total bosses.”

Come on, swallow that vomit back. That’s unbecoming of a total boss like yourself.

Twitch Prime is an expansion of, and eventual replacement for, Twitch’s Turbo scheme. Twitch Prime includes Turbo benefits like storing broadcasts for 60 days, exclusive emotes, and removing ads, then throws in extras. Twitch Prime members will get a new freebie every month, like free games or cosmetic guff for free-to-play games. They also get a free month’s subscription to one channel every month (which means access to things like subs-only streams) and the channel still gets paid for it, which is nice. Twitch have stopped accepting new Turbo subscriptions from countries where Amazon Prime is available, though Turbofolks can stick with it if they want.

If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can get Twitch Prime by linking your two accounts over here. Amazon Prime, to recap, is a £7.99/$10.99 monthly subscription service covering everything from steaming music and movies to free Amazon delivery. As Twamazon say:

“This doesn’t sound exciting until the moment you need to decide between going to the store for toilet paper and playing another round of Overwatch.”

Hey, hey now. What did I say about total bosses barfing at Twitch’s awful writing and the puerile image it gives of their users?

Amazon bought Twitch in 2014, and their plans for it go beyond rolling Turbo into Prime. They’ve also been working Twitch into the games made at Amazon Game Studios. They announced three last week, including the MOBA-ish ballsport Breakaway, which we’ve had a look at.

Twitch announced a few other new things at TwitchCon over the weekend. These include letting people upload videos rather than only streaming, which I suppose is a bit like YouTube but worse in almost every way because Twitch is such a mess. But their new HTML 5-based video player has been a step in the right direction, at least.

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23 Comments

  1. BigBrother says:

    About linking accounts: currently, it seems only primary Prime accounts can be linked to Twitch. That means if you have a family account, only the parent account can be used. I tried using my account which is a secondary and Twitch prompted me to sign up for Prime.

    • Gunrun says:

      Well, yes, Amazon Prime primary accounts get all the prime benefits, family or secondary accounts only get the free shipping stuff. This is mostly to counter people who share prime with friends, I guess.

      • malkav11 says:

        The free shipping and the 20% discount on new boxed/disc games and Kindle First (kinda) and a few other things. But yes, all the additional services they’ve been adding tend to be primary subscriber only.

        • Jenuall says:

          I thought it was just a flat £2 discount on new boxed games? That’s the only offer I’ve seen pop on when using my Prime account…

          • Gunrun says:

            The 20 percent off thing is America only sadly. I might even move back to boxed for a discount that big if the offered it here.

    • Vandelay says:

      Prime accounts seem to be very confusing. I was given a friends and family account awhile ago, but I assumed I had switched to a full one when LoveFilm and Amazon merged, as there were two payments to Amazon every month coming out of my bank account, which combined totalled my old LoveFilm subscription. Turns out I just have an Amazon Prime Video account. I am supposed to only get access to the video streaming service, but I have always been able to use one day delivery.

      I’ve just gone ahead and upgraded to the full account now though. Works out as only an extra pound a month, but I can get a Kindle book every month.

  2. wykydtronik says:

    I’m loving it already, I’m glad they did this. No reason to keep the Amazon ecosystem separate. I’m hoping this will turn on more users to the Twitch community that would otherwise be completely in the dark as to what Twitch actually is. Imagine all the Amazon Prime members that could potentially become regulars in Twitch, but have never seen or heard of the service?

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      phuzz says:

      I can see why someone would want free shipping, but why would one need a twitch account? You can still watch stuff without a login right?

      • fish99 says:

        You can’t comment without an account. A big part of what makes twitch different from a youtube let’s play is that it’s live and you can interact with the caster and other viewers.

  3. Sgt_Big_Bubbaloola says:

    Ya know what, i’ve drunk the Amazon Prime Kool-Aid and i’m loving it. We have gotten so damned much out of it that it’s silly. Granted the Prime Delivery has meant we probably wind up getting crap that we would have thought twice about before but I still think it’s great.

    Subsuming Twitch into that model makes ultimate sense. And quite frankly, the amount of bang for your buck you get with Prime I think it’s worth it (although it would be nice if Audible was part of it).

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    Nauallis says:

    It’s pronounced “bause” and it helps if you have a grill. Supposedly.

  5. fish99 says:

    Prime in 2016 LUL

  6. Vandelay says:

    OK, just tried out the free game, StreamLine. I have no idea what the hell was going on. I just seemed to be running around picking up points and (failing) to bash people. There was some guy who wasn’t on the scoreboard, who I assume was a Twitch streamer. Ever so often there would be some buff/debuff activated on everyone, but I was rarely alive to actually see what they did.

    It was all nicely colourful and I actually quite like the design of the level and the feel of the movement, but it was all quite strange.

  7. Jac says:

    I’d be more interested in feeling like an Esso boss. One day. One day.

  8. uh20 says:

    At least one of my regularly-watched streamers managed to double his subscribers to 400 amount in two days thanks to the “students with free amazon prime” demographic.

  9. mwoody says:

    Well, hunh. No interest in Twitch, but I play Hearthstone and had an Amazon account, so figured I’d see what this did. Made a Twitch account, and boom, have the Tyrande hero and card back for Hearthstone.

  10. Xipheas says:

    Is it just me? That top image always looks like something.. very different on first glance. Subliminal-style advertising?

  11. RNGod says:

    Regarding the included Hearthstone hero; They pretty much screwed everyone who’s not from one of the 7 countries where this is available. Currently masses of people are pm’ing people in twitch chat (if you have the prime icon) begging for a code, others are selling the code for 10$ on ebay, and so forth. Nice promotion Amazon/Twitch/Blizz. Well done.