Have Amazon Prime? Here's Why You Should Be Using Your Prime Gaming Sub Every Month on Twitch

Amazon Prime comes with all kinds of benefits, from free shipping to access to great streaming and so much more, but did you know that it also allows you to support your favorite content creators for free?

That's because every Amazon Prime account comes with Prime Gaming, and it's definitely something you should be taking advantage of every month. Whether you already regularly watch Twitch or have never watched a streamer on the platform, you should definitely be using your free monthly subscription there, and we've got all of the details on how to do so below.

What Exactly Is Prime Gaming?

If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you have Prime Gaming—even if you don't know it. This service includes free games, as well as in-game bonuses, plus exclusive Twitch emotes and a free monthly subscription to a creator on Twitch. If you're not already using that subscription every month, you should definitely do so.

Prime Gaming artwork

(via Amazon)


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What's the Point of a Twitch Subscription?

If you're not already regularly watching Twitch, you might be wondering what the point of a subscription is. Unlike on other platforms, on Twitch, you subscribe to individual Partner or Affiliate channels. Subscribing to a creator can grant you access to perks like commercial-free viewing, chat privileges, emotions, badges, access to VODs and more. In some channels, you may also get a shoutout during a stream when you subscribe. But if you don't care about all of that stuff, the best part is that your favorite Twitch creator gets money for every subscription, so it's a fantastic way to support them.


How Do I Find a Channel to Subscribe To?

If you're new to Twitch, there are all kinds of ways to find a great channel to subscribe to. If you already watch gaming content on YouTube, there's a good chance that your favorite channel also streams occasionally on Twitch as well. If you love all kinds of games, you can search Twitch by game title, and find streamers that way. Most streamers are also friends with other people who play games, and by checking out the community as a whole, you can broaden your horizons and discover all kinds of entertaining people who make videos you'll want to tune into every day. At that point, the hard part becomes deciding which one channel you want to give your free subscription to every month!


What If I Don't Really Like Watching Games?

Just because it's called "Prime Gaming" doesn't mean that only gamers (and gaming fans) can benefit from it. There are all kinds of creatives to support on Twitch, from musicians to painters, crafters, digital artists and more, which can be found in the IRL, Music and Creative categories on the platform. Some people have channels where they just come on to chat with their community. Even if you don't get super invested in these communities, you can use your Prime Gaming sub to toss a few bucks every month to someone who's making cool stuff.

Twitch Category page

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Does My Prime Gaming Subscription Automatically Renew Every Month?

No, your Prime Gaming subscription to a specific channel will never automatically renew itself. That's a good thing if you like to hop around different channels and support different people, but not so great if you want a specific creator to get your free money every time. If you're in the latter camp, we recommend making it a habit to check back in every month to resubscribe and continue your support. If you watch them regularly, chances are that the return of ads will remind you to continue your sub.


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So I Only Get 1 Free Sub?

Yes, Prime Gaming only comes with one free subscription—but that doesn't mean you can only subscribe to one channel per month. If you're feeling generous and want to support additional channels, the most basic, Tier 1 subscriptions start at $4.99 per month, granting you the same benefits as your free subscription (with the option to automatically renew each month).  Tier 2 and Tier 3 subs are more expensive, but also come with greater benefits and lend more support to content creators. It's also SUBtember at the moment, so you can subscribe for three months at 25% off, or for six months at 30% off—and best of all, the streamer gets the exact same amount from these subscriptions as if they were full-price.


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