If you have an Amazon Prime account, you now get premium service on Twitch as well

September 30, 2016 by Kris Ligman

New Twitch Prime service offers ad-free viewing and a free subscription every month.

In 2014, Amazon acquired popular game streaming platform Twitch, one of its more high-profile bids to get into the games market (after that whole microconsole fad fizzled). Today, the two companies have unveiled their new cross-platform integrative feature, Twitch Prime.

Twitch Prime is a premium streaming service comparable to Twitch's existing Turbo service, and is automatically available to Amazon Prime subscribers. The whole list of features is actually pretty cool: ad-free Twitch viewing, exclusive add-ons for games, discounted and free games, chat emotes and badges (OK that one's kinda boring), and one free channel subscription. The best part about that last item is that streamers still get paid as usual for the subscription, even if it's free on your end.

"Since the moment it was announced in 2014 that Amazon would acquire Twitch, you have been wondering how we would work with Amazon to bring value to the Twitch community," Robin Fontaine says in an official Twitch company post announcing the new service. "We wanted to make it like a secret level that unlocks the best parts of Twitch and the best parts of Amazon."

As part of the launch, Amazon and Twitch are offering a free copy of Streamline, a parkour/stunts game "built for and around streaming," as well as a six-week Hearthstone competition and GameChanger charity event.

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you are already signed up for everything listed above. If you're not, the companies are offering a 30 day free trial, after which you can elect to switch to a paid subscription. (If you have Amazon Prime and Twitch Turbo, Twitch recommends you cancel the second one.) It's immediately live for residents in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, although some of the Amazon Prime services might not be available in all territories. You can head on over to Twitch Prime's site to learn more or start the process of linking up your Twitch and Amazon accounts.