Twitch + Amazon = Prime Time
When Twitch and Amazon merged, we all wondered what that would mean. Well Twitch Prime is your answer! TwitchCon's big announcement this year, also mentioned on the Twitch Blog, was Twitch Prime. So what exactly is it? Aside from the rather predictable name, it's a combination feature of Amazon Prime and the viewing of Twitch content. When you sign up to Amazon Prime, a knock on effect takes place that gives you special Twitch privileges around the site as well as some pretty gnarly perks.
Simply link your Amazon Prime account and you get ad-free viewing site wide and exclusive emotes with a little icon by your name - in typical Twitch fashion. But the biggest perk is getting one free subscription every 30 days. Think of it like a temporary sub that you can renew every month. By hitting the subscribe button, you use a free sub at no cost to you, the streamer in turn gets paid as if it was a regular sub and you can use this every 30 days. Seems pretty win win to me.
Other perks include special things on Amazon, including but not limited to discount on boxed games sold by Amazon during a pre-order period (and two weeks after launch), and instant access to certain games. Twitch used Hearthstone's new Hero or new Indie game, Streamline, as an example of this incentive. Ultimately, it's kind of like a virtual Lootcrate, with Twitch being the consistent theme.
It seems like a good initiative, especially as it's yet another method of supporting broadcasters and the platform itself. Plus subscription based swag is usually pretty cool. Twitch Prime can be paid monthly or annually, with prices varying from country to country. Turbo is also not being taken away, both services are available concurrently. If you so desired, you could probably have both, although that would be daft. If you have Twich Turbo and Amazon Prime, it makes more fiscal sense to cancel your Turbo subscription seeing as all the Turbo benefits are part of Twitch Prime.
Currently, Twitch Prime is only available in USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. For more information on Twitch Prime, check out the Twitch Blog: https://blog.twitch.tv/twitchprime-458a537a3ae1#.odhxd8unq