By now, gamers are almost certainly familiar with popular video game streaming platform Twitch — hopefully most of our readers were able to stay fresh on our PAX East 2018 coverage by following Shacknews on Twitch. However, many fans seem unaware of the Twitch Prime benefits they could be enjoying simply by linking their Amazon Prime accounts to the Twitch service. Luckily for them, we've got a keen breakdown on how users can link their Amazon Prime account to enjoy Twitch Prime benefits, as well as a brief overview of what those benefits entail.
How To Link Amazon Prime Accounts to Twitch
Amazon owns Twitch, so it's actually very easy for Amazon Prime subscribers to get started using Twitch Prime. Interested users can head over to the Twitch Prime website to see a simple overview of the highlights or even start a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime if they so choose.
The process of signing up is remarkably simple — everything required to sign up is featured on the aforementioned site, and the Amazon affiliation should mean that most pertinent forms are already populated with the required information. However, some Amazon Prime subscribers — this author included — have encountered an error on the website stating that a billing address must be verified before being granted access to Twitch Prime. Searching high and low yields exactly zero results on how such an action might be performed; fortunately, there's an even simpler sign-up procedure that should work for all users, even ones that don't encounter the billing address verification error.
By far the easiest way for Amazon Prime subscribers to sign up for Twitch Prime is to head to the Amazon homepage. From there, click on Accounts and Lists and sign in if necessary. From the Your Account homepage, click on the button labeled Prime, then scroll down to find the Twitch Prime listing. Click on Learn More, then click the Connect your Twitch Account button in the upper-right corner. After a short wait, the accounts will be linked, and players can start enjoying all those tasty Twitch Prime benefits.
It's also worth mentioning that the Twitch Prime Twitter account has pinned a tweet showing how to resolve the "can't enable Twitch Prime on your account error" for all those who may be experiencing the issue.
Twitch Prime Perks and Benefits
As users might expect, Twitch Prime comes with a number of handy benefits. Chief among these are the ability to get free video games as well as free in-game loot and items simply by taking part in the Twitch experience, with the company cycling out different benefits with each passing month. The current in-game offering is the Kooky Chocobo mount in Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, and next month should see the Champion of Enza Bundle offer the free Champion Raigon in Battlerite. Twitch also has plans to offer Prime subscribers legendary loot chests and a new mount in Heroes of the Storm over the coming months.
The benefits don't stop there: Twitch Prime members are granted a Prime Exclusive chat badge, an ad-free viewing experience, and one free channel subscription each month, which is a great way to support your favorite Twitch streamers. Players can also get discounts on pre-order retail game releases, pre-order price guarantees, and release-date delivery for new game releases. Coupled together with the other Prime benefits, like access to the Prime video streaming service and two-day shipping on Prime-eligible orders, the benefits of being a Twitch Prime subscriber are certainly substantial.