Amazon is continually adding new benefits to the Amazon Prime subscription service. If you’ve looked at the many benefits lately, you’ve probably noted Amazon Prime Gaming in the list.
In this article, we’ll explain what Amazon Prime Gaming is, if it’s worth it, and what rewards and free games you can receive as part of a subscription.
What is Amazon Prime Gaming?
Prime Gaming (formerly known as Twitch Gaming) comes with an Amazon Prime membership. In other words, if you are a Prime member, Prime Gaming is a bonus you receive for free.
Prime Gaming offers a handful of perks, including free games, in-game loot, and a monthly subscription to a Twitch channel of your choice. The rewards are constantly changing, so there’s always something new to discover.
To activate Amazon Prime Gaming, simply link your Twitch account to the Amazon account that has an activated Prime subscription.
Amazon Prime costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year. A student subscription offers six months free, then a 50% discount for up to 4 years.
Benefits of Amazon Prime Gaming
If you’re wondering if Amazon Prime is worth the cost, the first step is to look at everything the service offers.
For Amazon Prime members, Prime Gaming brings several additional benefits, including:
- Free games: Prime Gaming gives you access to several exclusive games that you can download for free and play forever.
- Main loot: A Prime membership gives you the ability to unlock in-game content for several popular games (these are listed below). To unlock these items, all you have to do is watch Twitch streams.
- Twitch Subscription: Prime members get a free channel subscription on Twitch worth $4.99 per month. With this, it is possible to subscribe to any channel of your choice once a month and access channel-specific subscriber benefits.
- Exclusive emoticons and chat color options: Access multiple exclusive emoticons, including KappaHD, and set the chat to any color.
- Members-only chat badge: A Prime membership grants you a crown icon badge next to your name in chat.
- Extended Storage: Save your Twitch streams for 60 days (instead of the usual 14-day limit).
What are the free games on Amazon Prime Gaming?
There are currently six free games included with Prime Gaming. These games are constantly in rotation, so every few months there should be new freebies to choose from.
As of March 2022, free Amazon games include:
- Madden NFL 22 on Origin
- Survive Mars
- SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
- look inside
- The calm of the wind
- Crypto Against All Odds
To claim free video games on Prime Gaming:
- Log in to Prime Gaming.
- Move towards Games.
- To select To claim under each game you want to add to your library.
These games will now be accessible from your game library forever.
To note: Some Prime rewards are only available on PC (depending on whether they are exclusive PC games). To receive Prime Gaming rewards available on Xbox or Playstation 5, you will need to link your Twitch account through the Twitch app.
What loot can you get from Prime Gaming?
As with free games, the in-game content that Amazon Prime Gaming members can unlock by watching Twitch streams is constantly changing. As of March 2022, games that offer free loot include:
- Legends of Runeterra
- world of warships
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- lost ark
- League of Legends
- Mobile Legends
- Republic of Horsemen
- Dead in broad daylight
- Black Desert Mobile
- Call of Duty
- grand theft auto online
- Line II
- Call of Duty: Mobile
- Lords Mobile
- Destiny 2
- Guild Wars 2
- blade and soul
- red dead online
- war of visions
- fall guys
- Rainbow Six Siege
- New world
- Apex Legends
- Eternal DOOM
- Battlefield 2042
- FIFA 22
- Madden NFL 22
- Rainbow Six Extractions
The disadvantages of Prime Gaming
The main downside of Prime Gaming is that an Amazon Prime subscription must be purchased to access it, even if you have no use for the rest of its features. This is unfortunate for some users because, as a separate subscription service, it might have a cheaper monthly cost.
Also, unlike Twitch Turbo, Prime Gaming does not grant you the freedom to advertise on your Twitch channel. Of course, this only matters if you are actively streaming.
Is Amazon Prime Gaming worth it?
If you’re an avid gamer, Prime Gaming is just another reason to get an Amazon Prime membership. It’s a great free bonus in an already stacked subscription service.
However, if you’re not using the main features of Amazon Prime, like faster delivery or the Prime Video streaming service, then Prime Gaming probably isn’t worth the full cost of a Prime membership.