Amazon have officially re-branded Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming. At its core, the service remains unchanged and those who subscribe to Prime Gaming will still continue to get the same bonus content and perks.
Instead, this rename brings Twitch more in line with Amazon’s other Prime services. Aside from getting free faster shipping on purchased products, Amazon Prime has expanded over the years to include a Netflix-like streaming platform (Amazon Video), Prime Reading, Prime Music, and various other benefits.
Amazon acquired Twitch in 2014. Those with Amazon Prime have been able to link to their Twitch account for Twitch Prime bonuses which include free content for popular games as well as a growing library of free titles.
Here’s the official announcement:
With today’s launch of Prime Gaming, Amazon Prime members can now enjoy tons of free, exclusive content for their favorite games every month. Prime members can claim new in-game content for Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online, Apex Legends, EA SPORTS FIFA 20, League of Legends, and more than 20 other popular PC, console, and mobile games, worth hundreds of dollars in value. Plus, they can claim a collection of PC games for free every month that are theirs to keep forever. This month’s more than 20 Free Games with Prime include SNK arcade classics SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, METAL SLUG 2, and indie retro brawler Treachery in Beatdown City. Prime Gaming’s selection of in-game content and free PC games is always growing and rotating to stay fresh, with new items and free games added every month.
While this move certainly helps in bushing the Prime brand, Amazon have struggled when it comes to launching their own video games. Despite showing promise, Crucible (from Relentless Studios) fizzled out almost immediately. The hero shooter saw its playerbase shrink rapidly, forcing the devs to remove game modes before hauling Crucible back into beta.
Source: Press Release