The streaming giant and Amazon property just announced that it's going to become something like PSN+ or Games With Gold for the PC by offering free games to subscribers every month, starting with Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Superhot, Mr ...
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Twitch Prime is giving away free games.
Twitch Prime isn't just about ad-free streams and the occasional in-loot drop anymore. The streaming giant and Amazon property just announced that it's going to become something like PSN+ or Games With Gold for the PC by offering free games to subscribers every month, starting with Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Superhot, Mr. Shifty, Oxenfree and Tales From Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation. At least three of these are excellent games, and it's possible the other two are, as well. But because we're dealing with an account that can also be used to speed-deliver socks, there are a few extra steps to get where we're going.
To start with, you'll need a Twitch Prime account. If you're starting from scratch, you can sign on the Twitch Prime website. If you have an Amazon Prime account, however, you can go to the website and activate Twitch Prime just by linking Amazon Prime at no extra charge. Take note -- the same holds true if your parents, neighbors, friends or roommates have an Amazon Prime account but aren't particularly interested in PC gaming or streaming. Ask around. If you have an Amazon Prime account but no gaming PC, see if a friend wants the games.
After that, you'll need to go to Twitch and sign into your new account, or your old one if you've been here before. Click on the crown in the upper right-hand corner -- the same place you may have gone to grab your free Fortnite skins. You should see each game individually on a little list: just hit claim offer beneath the one you want. Start with Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, because it's great. To actually play them, you'll need the Twitch desktop app, which you can download here. No, it's not quite so simple as using PSN+ or Xbox Live Gold, but that's the end of the process. Once you've redeemed the games, you're free to download them and keep them forever.
I'm interested to see how this service develops. If the first month is any indication, there are some excellent titles on offer, which makes sense given both the vast array of PC titles available and the considerable marketing budget Amazon has in its quest to sign everyone in the world up to a single dystopian subscription service. With this not only do you not only not need to leave the house to have your Soylent subscription delivered, you'll have some nifty entertainment to while away the hours between boxes.
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