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If you’re a Twitch Prime subscriber you can get a year’s worth of Nintendo Switch Online for free, thanks to a new deal between Nintendo and Twitch parent company Amazon. If you don’t have Twitch Prime there’s a good chance you have Amazon Prime, which includes a Twitch Prime membership. Simply create a Twitch account if you don’t already have one and link it to Amazon Prime, then sign-up with Nintendo.
The catch is you can only initially claim three months of Nintendo Switch Online for free. After that you’ll need to return to the website and claim the other nine months. The 3-month free membership must be claimed by September 24. The 9-month membership can be redeemed 60-days after the first claim, and must be redeemed by January 22, 2020.
Existing Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can take advantage of this year to add more time to their membership. However, the deal only works for individual plans, not family plans. Members are also limited to a maximum 36-months of subscription time, so you can only buy ahead so much.
If you cancel your Prime membership you’ll still gain the benefit of the free Nintendo Switch Online claims, though you’ll need to be an active Prime subscriber for 60-days to get the 9-month offer.
Nintendo Switch Online launched last year as Nintendo’s premium online service. It’s required to play Nintendo Switch games online, such as Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo Switch Online also includes backup cloud saves, smartphone app integration, and access to digital NES games. A single Nintendo Switch Online subscription normally costs $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 90 days, or $19.99 for 12 months.
Anyone who’s still rolling their eyes at esports hasn’t been paying attention to the numbers, and numbers don’t lie. The Overwatch League kicked off its season last week at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, California. The week of competition lasted four days between the 12 global teams, resulting in sold-out physical tickets as well as more than 10 million viewers between Twitch, Major League Gaming, and Chinese streaming services.
“Since we announced Overwatch League at BlizzCon 2016, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when the global competitive Overwatch community could come together under one banner,” said Nate Nanzer, Overwatch League commissioner. “Opening week was that coming-out party for the fans, both in-person at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and tuned in by the millions all over the world, and for the players, whose love for the game came through crystal clear.”
Opening day alone drew an average audience-per-minute ratio of 408,000, with the highly anticipated matchup between the Dallas Fuel and the Seoul Dynasty. Viewership averaged to 280,000 throughout the weekend.
The Overwatch League recently announced an exclusive two-year deal with Twitch as its broadcasting partner. “We had high expectations for the inaugural broadcast of the Overwatch League on Twitch, given our platform’s passionate fanbase for Overwatch,” said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. “They really put on an amazing show and fans showed up en masse to support and celebrate Overwatch. Based on the response from the community, Overwatch League is off to a great start and we look forward to watching how the season progresses. This league demonstrates the power and potential of esports, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our partnership with Blizzard.”
The first season of the Overwatch League will continue through June, with playoffs starting in July. Games are typically played from Wednesday to Saturday. You can see the full schedule here. Note for this first season all games will be played at the Blizzard Arena in Lost Angeles while the other teams build their home venues.
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Twitch Plays really took off in 2014 with “Twitch Plays Pokemon,” which used an emulator that let users in the Twitch chat input commands. That meant that the entire chatroom of thousands was playing the game simultaneously, a chaotic process that took 16 days to complete.
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