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Everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Gaming

Figure out what Prime Gaming is all about.

An image of screenshots from two games in the Prime Gaming catalogue. Credit: Amazon Prime

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With the rise of streaming models and services for film and television has come a push for similar trends in the gaming sphere. Companies like Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo are working to create accessible, subscription-based models for gaming that mirror services like Netflix and Hulu. The most notable instance of this is Xbox Game Pass, which gives players access to a huge library of games for a low monthly cost.

As the owners of Twitch, Amazon already has a massive hand in the current state of gaming, but they’ve also added new perks for Prime members in the form of their smaller scale gaming service, Prime Gaming.

What is Prime Gaming?

Prime Gaming is an additional service that comes with the cost of an Amazon Prime subscription. Prime Gaming features in-game loot, free games for download, and more perks, and functions as an add-on to Prime's other services.

In order to access Prime Gaming, you'll have to go to Twitch or be directed from your Amazon Prime account. There, you'll activate Prime Gaming to connect it to your Prime account. If you already have a Prime membership, once you've signed in you'll be directed back to Prime Gaming. You also have the option to link your Twitch.tv account to Prime Gaming, which is recommended since a lot of the perks associated with Prime Gaming are funneled through Twitch. Twitch even hosts a Prime icon in their menu bar, so you can access the perks directly from the site.

An example of the games on Prime Gaming's list, including The Last Blade 2, Samurai Shodown V Special, and King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, all with offers ending Mar 31
Credit: Amazon Prime

An example of Prime Gaming's catalogue.

You can get an Amazon Prime subscription for $12.99/month or $119 per year. You can also get Prime Gaming if you only have a Prime Video Membership, which costs $8.99/month. In both cases, Prime Gaming can be accessed at no additional cost.

What do you get with Prime Gaming?

Perhaps the most well-known benefit of Prime Gaming is the free Twitch subscription that comes with the service, allowing you to subscribe to one Twitch channel for free (regular subscriptions to a channel cost $4.99) as long as you maintain your Prime Gaming subscription. In addition to the Twitch subscription, you can also get:

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  • Game loot that updates every month such as League of Legends skins, Fall Guys costumes, Apex Legends skins, FIFA 21 content, and more for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation
  • Free PC games every month including King of the Monsters, Ironclad, Monster Prom: Hotseat Edition, Table Manners, The Last Blade 2, Samurai Shodown V Special, The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, Shock Troopers, Metal Slug 3, and more
  • A Twitch crown chat badge
  • Exclusive Twitch emotes
  • Extended Twitch VOD and broadcast storage

How does Prime Gaming compare to other gaming services?

If you sign up for Amazon Prime for the Gaming perks alone, you likely won't be getting a lot of value for the cost. Prime Gaming can’t reasonably be compared to a robust subscription service like Xbox Game Pass, or even a smaller subscription for online play and games like Nintendo Switch Online, because it's not intended to function as a one-stop shop for games and gaming content. Rather, Prime Gaming seems to be a kind of supplementary perk. They do feature games from indie studios as well as loot that would benefit gamers that prefer battle royale-style games or MMOs, so if you're a PC gamer with a preference for online play it's definitely worth taking a look at their catalogue of loot and games.

Twitch users stand to get the most from Prime Gaming. If you're a Twitch viewer that enjoys juggling multiple subscriptions, the free Twitch sub from Prime Gaming is a great perk. Additionally, if you're a Twitch creator, Prime Gaming will allow you to save past broadcasts for 60 days instead of the standard 14, which is extremely beneficial if you're a smaller creator looking to maintain content on the platform.

The way Prime Gaming is currently set up, we would recommend that you add it if you're already a Prime member, but the price is slightly high for the perks available if you sign up for Prime for the Gaming perks alone. That said, it is a great addition to the Prime services wheelhouse, and will likely acquire more game titles for download as time goes on.

Try Amazon Prime Gaming with your Prime subscription or Prime Video Membership starting at $8.99/month

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