If you’ve spent much time playing videogames over the past few years, you’ve probably heard of the streaming giant Twitch. What you might not know is that the platform is actually owned by the even gianter Amazon, and that it comes with its very own version of Prime.

This is our comprehensive guide to what Twitch Prime is, what benefits you get for joining the service, and whether it’s worth your money.

What is Twitch Prime?

Technically speaking, Twitch Prime isn’t actually its own service - it’s just one of the many benefits you get from joining the main Amazon Prime scheme, with exclusive perks for anyone who links their Twitch and Amazon accounts.

How much does it cost?

Since it’s part of Amazon Prime, you’ll have to pay for a full Prime subscription to get the benefits of Twitch Prime - but don’t worry, that’s almost certainly worth it.

You can join Prime for either £7.99/$12.99 per month or £79/$99 for a year - which works out at around £6.58/$8.25 monthly.

Remember that there’s a one-month free trial for Prime too, so if you’ve never used the service before remember to sign up to try it for free.

Students can get an even better deal - they can get six free months of Prime, after which they can continue their membership at a seriously reduced rate - getting all the Twitch Prime perks too.

There’s a cheaper subscription to just the Prime Video service, for £5.99/$8.99, but this won’t give you access to any of the Twitch Prime perks.

What benefits do you get?

The biggest Twitch-specific benefit is a big one: Free Games with Prime. That’s pretty much exactly what it says on the tin - a selection of free PC games given to Prime members each month. All of these games are totally free, and yours to keep forever.

The selection changes each month, and though July was a bit different with a bumper selection of freebies tied to Amazon's Prime Day sales, we're back to a more normal size collection for August, all available from 1 August:

Free Twitch Prime games for August 2018

  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition
  • Death Squared
  • Antihero
  • Wizardry 6, Wizardry 7, and Wizardry 8
  • Steamworld Dig

Beyond the free games, the next big perk is a monthly selection of free in-game items for some of the biggest titles around - usually free skins, vehicles, loot, or in-game currency, with a few Twitch Prime exclusives.

Some of these include specific partnerships with big games, like a current deal to offer exclusive Twitch Prime gear for Fortnite, which currently includes costumes, heroes, a weapon, and chat emotes. The most recent pack contains the Trailblazer outfit, True North Back Bling, Tenderizer Pickaxe, and Freestylin' emote.

Other games you can get various free loot, skins, and other perks for include Battlerite, Call of Duty: WWII, Final Fantasy XV, and Heroes of the Storm - though this can change each month, so check regularly for what's available at any given time.

There are benefits within Twitch itself too. The big one is ad-free viewing, so your Let’s Plays will be entirely uninterrupted, but you also get exclusive emotes, chat colours, a royal chat badge, and a new channel subscription every month.

Those are all the perks that are specific to Twitch Prime, but you’ll also get everything from Amazon Prime itself.

The core feature is still access to unlimited one-day delivery, but you’ll also get the Amazon Prime Video streaming service, cloud storage, discounts on videogame pre-orders, and more - check out our full guide to what you get with Amazon Prime to find out more.

How do you join?

If you’re not an Amazon Prime member yet, you can sign up for the service directly either through Twitch or simply on Amazon.

If you’re already a member - once you’ve signed up - you’ll need to pair your Amazon and Twitch accounts to get the full benefits of Twitch Prime - just head here and sign into both accounts in order to unlock all the new features.