What Is Twitch Prime? (How It Works, Benefits + More)

If you’re a gamer that already has an Amazon Prime subscription, then there’s a feature you need to know about: Twitch Prime (also called Prime Gaming).

By linking your Twitch and Prime accounts, you’ll access bonus games and other awesome content. But you probably have more questions about Twitch Prime. Here’s everything I found out about the service!

What Is Twitch Prime In [currentyear]?

Twitch Prime, or Prime Gaming, is a premium Twitch experience included as part of an Amazon Prime membership as of [currentyear]. Prime Gaming includes bonus games, exclusive in-game content, one free channel subscription per month, exclusive emotes, and a chat badge. This membership doesn’t have an ad-free experience on Twitch.

If you’re interested in learning about everything Twitch Prime offers, check out the rest of my complete guide!

What Are The Benefits Of Having Twitch Prime?

If you’re a gamer who already has an Amazon Prime membership but aren’t using Twitch Prime, then you’re missing out on a great free feature.

Further, here are some of the things you get as part of Twitch Prime:

  • A free monthly Twitch channel subscription (includes exclusive channel-specific subscriber perks like chat privileges, emoticons, and badges)
  • Free games every month that you get to keep forever (you can check out which free games are available here)
  • Free in-game loot like rare outfits, vehicles, and exclusives for popular games
  • Exclusive emoticons like KappaHD and ScaredyCat reserved for Prime members
  • Expanded chat color options
  • A member’s-only Prime chat badge

In addition to these benefits, members get access to even more free games on Prime Day.

How Do I Set Up Twitch Prime?

To gain access to your free Twitch Prime membership, you need to link your Twitch.tv and your Amazon Prime accounts.

Fortunately, this is easy, and you can do so by visiting gaming.amazon.com.

Once on the Amazon website, click “Sign In” in the top right corner and fill in your Prime account information.

After logging in, you should see an option saying “Link Twitch Account” on the left side of your screen.

When you see this link, click on it, and you’ll be prompted to sign in to your Twitch account.

Confirm that you want to link the accounts, then go to Twitch and start using your free Twitch Prime subscription!

How Do I Use Twitch Prime To Subscribe To Streamers?

Once you’ve linked your Amazon Prime and Twitch accounts, you’ll likely want to start taking advantage of one of the best benefits of Twitch Prime; the free monthly Twitch channel subscription.

If it’s the first time you’ve subscribed to a streamer using Twitch Prime, Twitch will ask you if you want to use your free monthly subscription for the selected streamer.

If you do, click “Yes,” and you’ll be subscribed to that streamer for one month at no charge.

However, keep in mind that your streamer subscription (including your benefits and financial support to the streamer) will only last one month.

In other words, your subscription will not auto-renew. Instead, you’ll need to resubscribe at the end of the month with your free subscription or set up a recurring paid subscription.

To do this, click “Subscribe” and select the “Continue Sub” option to convert your Prime subscription to a recurring subscription.

If you want to unsubscribe from a channel, you can do so at any time by navigating to your Subscriptions Management Page, locating the subscription you wish to cancel, and clicking on the cog in the upper right corner of the page.

After that, click “Don’t Renew Subscription” and confirm your cancellation on the following page.

Does Twitch Prime Remove Ads?

Does Twitch Prime Remove Ads?

While Twitch Prime offers loads of benefits to subscribers, removing ads is not one of them.

In the past, an ad-free Twitch experience was available to Prime subscribers, but Twitch ended this benefit in August 2018.

In a blog post, Twitch justified the move saying that allowing ads would better support streamers by allowing for expanded advertising opportunities.

Still, if you’re a Twitch Prime subscriber and want to have an ad-free experience, you have a couple of options.

First, you can subscribe to Turbo Twitch for $8.99 per month. In addition to offering an ad-free experience, this subscription includes expanded emoticon options, custom chat username colors, and a Turbo chat badge.

On the other hand, your second option is to subscribe to an ad-blocking software or use an ad-blocking browser extension.

Is Twitch Prime Really Free?

If you’re already paying for Amazon Prime, then yes, Twitch Prime is free. Or, more accurately, it’s included in your $12.99 monthly subscription.

If you don’t have Prime, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial. During this trial, you’ll be able to check out Twitch Prime and other benefits free for a month.

Do Streamers Get Money From Twitch Prime?

Twitch Affiliates receive 50% of every subscription to their channel, while Twitch Partners receive 75% (or more) from subscriptions, including subscriptions paid through Twitch Prime.

Initially, you get one free Twitch channel subscription per month when you link your Amazon Prime account to your Twitch account.

Then, whichever creator you choose to use your channel subscription on gets $2.50, in the case of Affiliates, or up to $5.00, in the case of Partners.

Also, remember that using your Twitch Prime subscription to support a creator doesn’t cost you extra money. Rather, it’s included as part of your benefits.

How Do I End My Twitch Prime Membership?

Twitch Prime is a benefit that comes with your Amazon Prime membership; it’s not a standalone service.

For that reason, ending Twitch Prime means ending your Amazon Prime membership, too.

If you don’t want to end your Prime membership, one option is to unlink your Twitch and Prime accounts.

By doing this, you can stop using Prime benefits on Twitch while keeping other Prime services like Prime Music and Prime Reading.

Moreover, you can do this by going to your Twitch accounts and selecting “Unlink Account.”

Will Twitch Prime Charge Me After A Free Trial?

Once your free 30-day trial is over, Twitch will charge you automatically for the following billing period. To avoid being charged, simply cancel the free trial before it ends.

Additionally, be aware that Twitch Prime doesn’t offer a refund if you forget to cancel the trial.

Also, if you unsubscribe from the service after the trial is over, you can use all the features until the end of the billing period.

Where Is Twitch Prime Available?

Twitch Prime is included with Amazon Prime in the following countries:

  • United States
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • France
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Austria
  • Spain
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia

Also, it’s included with Prime Video subscriptions in over 200 other countries and territories.

However, Twitch Prime isn’t available in India, China, or embargoed territories. But, using a VPN may allow users in these countries to connect to the service.

If you are looking to learn more, you can also see our posts on whether or not Amazon owns Twitch, what is Twitch, and Amazon Prime free trial without a credit card.

Conclusion

If you’re into playing video games and already have an Amazon Prime account, then linking your Twitch account and taking advantage of all of the perks is a no-brainer.

Not only will you receive a free monthly channel subscription, but you’ll also get access to exclusive badges, outfits, and free games.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of QuerySprout.com.

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