Twitch and Amazon have announced Twitch Prime, a new service for users with an Amazon Prime subscription. If you link your Prime-active Amazon account with your Twitch account, you automatically gain access to Twitch Prime services.
Twitch Prime users gets all the benefits of Twitch Turbo, including ad-free Twitch viewing, custom emotes, special chat badges, more chat colors, and one free Twitch channel subscription every month. Existing Twitch Turbo subscribers who also have Amazon Prime are urged to cancel their Turbo subs, due to the benefit overlap.
"Twitch Prime is one of those unique cases where we have an opportunity to build a product that is equally great for all of our customers-streamers, viewers, and game developers," said Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch.
"Offering subscriptions free through Prime saves money for viewers, while supporting streamers to build their community. Free games and in-game content are always a hit with gamers, but they also let developers reach millions of new potential players. When Amazon acquired Twitch, the first thing the community asked was, 'when will Twitch be bundled in with Amazon Prime?' Twitch Prime answers that question in a way that speaks to our community."
Twitch Prime users also get free games and digital loot in their favorite titles. Starting today, Twitch Prime users get Tyrande Whisperwind in Blizzard's Hearthstone and an exclusive custom card back. In October, Twitch Prime subscribers will get a Twitch Prime branded skin for Hi-Rez Studios' Smite and a free copy of Streamline from Proletariat Studios.
All this comes alongside the existing game-focused Amazon Prime benefits, like discounts on game pre-orders and free release day delivery.
To celebrate the launch of Twitch Prime, Twitch will be partnering with GameChanger Charity. From today until October 5, Twitch will donate $100,000 to the GameChanger Charity for every 100,000 channel subscriptions made by Twitch viewers, up to $1 million.