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Twitch Prime No Longer Ad Free.
Twitch released a statement today citing that it is changing it’s terms and conditions for Twitch Prime with regards to ad-free viewing.
As of September 14, universal ad-free viewing will “no longer be a part of Twitch Prime for new members“. Existing members will also be affected with ad-free viewing removed on October 15.
No other changes to any exiting Twitch Prime benefits will change, however this does appear to be a move to entice members to pick up Twitch Turbo, as the announcement directs people to this service to continue to enjoy ad-free viewing across all channels.
A Twitch Turbo membership works out to be AUD$12.25/month while Twitch Prime works out to be AUD$14.98/month – and being separate services with different benefits it means you essentially need them both to enjoy the full range of options Twitch has to offer, though at least if you get Amazon Prime then Twitch Prime is included.
If you do have Twitch Prime, you can still use your monthly subscription token to get channel-specific ad-free viewing, however the channel itself needs to have ad-free viewing for subs switched on. Personally I’d expect a behind the scenes incentive being distributed to creators very soon in an effort to keep that option switched off.
It’s a major downgrade of service by the world’s biggest streaming platform, citing advertising as an “important source of support for creators”, though one would argue a creator’s most important source of support is actually their viewer base. I’ll hold my breath and let it play out, but having been through commercial overhauls in industries that rely on ad revenue and appeasing clients I’ll probably turn blue before I see any genuine attempt to do anything other than give ad-spend better value.
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Just Cause 4 Gets A New Gameplay Reveal.
It’s called “Tornado”, and reveals some pretty awesome footage from this week’s Gamescom for the latest title in the franchise, delivering on a promise from Avalanche Studios to bring some pretty awesome extreme weather conditions to the game, check it out.
Just Cause 4 is set for PS4, XBox One, and PC release on December 4.
Nintendo’s Surprise Reveal.
As we mentioned above, Gamescom is this week meaning publishers and developers are getting ready to drop even more reveals for their up and coming major titles – unless you’re Nintendo.
Overnight Nintendo released a cheeky Indie-only Nintendo Direct vid, showcasing a heap of Indie titles on their way, and some we didn’t even know were available now, take a look.
Here’s the list of everything that was included:
- Nightcall — early 2019
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom — November 6, 2018
- The Gardens Between — September 20, 2018
- Streets of Rogue — Winter 2018
- Bad North — Available now
- Moonlighter — Fall 2018
- This War of Mine — November 2018
- Children of Morta — early 2019
- Everspace: Stellar Edition — December 2018
- Baba Is You — Fall 2018
- Slay the Spire — early 2019
- Windjammers — October 23, 2018
- Windjammers 2 — 2019
- Terraria — 2019
- Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition — Available now
- Morphies Law — 10 AM PT, August 20