Twitch reveals $9/month premium membership

Streaming video company unveils ad-free "Twitch Turbo" premium offering.

The next era of Twitch has arrived. The streaming video company today announced Twitch Turbo, a $9/month premium subscription option that gives members a range of benefits, including ad-free broadcasts.

In addition to uninterrupted viewing, Twitch Tubo members will receive an exclusive Turbo badge, only given to paying members. On top of that, premium subscribers will get a custom emoticon set, expanded chat colors, and priority customer support.

Twitch said the above-listed Turbo benefits are "just the beginning" of what the company hopes to offer through the premium service. The company said it wants to hear from users regarding what they would like to see added in the future.

Those interested in subscribing to Twitch Turbo can do so today beginning at 9 a.m. PDT through the company website. Twitch support for Call of Duty: Black Ops II was added last week.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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35 comments
king_wrecked
king_wrecked

oh!  a turbo badge?  count me........................................................wait, that's dumb. 

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Since the chat is the first thing I'm hiding when actually watching a stream on Twitch from time to time and the other features seem to be worthless gimmicks, I'd rather put Twitch back on my ad-blocker list if the ads get too annoying and would personally get just about the same value out of it without paying for some "premium service". (which still has caching problems because I'm in the EU and their datacenter is in the US)

Adenosine
Adenosine

Don't they realize what they're saying? If video games are that bad, then what about alcohol, drugs, tv shows, movies, books? When compared to video games, those are "more evil". Alcohol and drugs can take away proper thinking, tv shows and movies have been showing more brutal stuff (rape, more gore) than commercial games, books have been around far longer than any of these and they hold instructions on how to treat people badly if they are not part of your religion or group.


At least in video games, every time you're tasked to kill something, you're usually killing bad guys to save the world.

Arees42
Arees42

I'm getting really tired of this new trend of everyone on the internet going "give us money for nothing to support us". If you think your content is worth paying for then put a paywall on it and stop with this half-begging/exploiting peoples good will so you can maximize your profit.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

I watch Twitch occasionally but I'd never pay for it. I can stand the ads to watch someone else play a game, but paying to watch another person play is not my cup of tea. I'll pay for someone else to get an all expenses paid trip to Disney land if they bring back a picture of them having fun...

RossRichard
RossRichard

Who else thought that the picture was of a fleshlight at first glance?

buccomatic
buccomatic

twitch is hilarious fun when the chat group starts cracking jokes.

mass effect 3 launch with man vs. game was great fun!

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

What ads ? , need something more to entice users including what was mentioned :P

Revenant_Evil
Revenant_Evil

No thanks. Just give me the ads. I block them with Adblock anyway.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

And people moaning about 5 USD per month for Xbl-Gold,heh.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

no thank you

i'll rather go to youtube and watch playthroughs 

EPaul
EPaul

I mainly use twitch to stream monster during Evo  so this isn't for me

brxricano
brxricano

"Watch games. Not Ads."


LOL dont you love how they make it look like "It comes with the territory! Much like hurricanes, or HIV!" when they are the ones delivering the ads. I dont care how much you love Twitch, that is bullshit. Like when the mafioso comes into your store looking for protection money, yet hes the one who just broke your window. "Im willing to stop getting free money as long as you keep paying me. Deal?" It would be extortion if it didnt sound so retarded. Yea im sure you get other things too......that could also be free. Colors! A badge made in Illustrator! Smileys! And you get to talk to nerds on salary before anyone else. Fantastic. Give me a 10 and at least ill swing you a dime bag of some dank...

gt350tsc
gt350tsc

Throw in a  good streaming program for new streamers.They got themselves a deal.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

So I can finally pay to watch others play games?  Where do I sign up?

Sharuko9126
Sharuko9126

I watch Twitch more than TV.  $9 a month is pocket change.  I will support them.

deth420
deth420

I dont get this! who the hell wants to watch people play games?

...and $9 a month, for a fake badge, smiley faces, and Oh better customer service(is this a joke) sounds like a terrible idea.

im sure they are going to make millions!

jonasas2
jonasas2

im definetly buying this, said no one ever

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

Hmm, waiting for sites to start charging  micro transaction fee's to post in the comments sections :p 

$9 a month for that?  Maybe $2 (considering they have had $0 up until now) for a true fan, everyone else can ad block and or deal with a few ads.

starduke
starduke

Sorry, Twitch, I need my dough to actually buy games, not watch people play them.

Pork_Lord
Pork_Lord

I have Twitch streams on 24/7 but I get the feeling my support would be better going directly to my favourite caster's subscriptions.

lolomgwtfbbq
lolomgwtfbbq

No thanks. There are so few streams worth watching, and AdBlock takes care of the ads just fine. When I can get Netflix for $8/mo, $9/mo to watch people play games and have a custom chat flair is way more than I'm willing to pay.

xiseerht36
xiseerht36

@---Cipher--- Well , I can't  go to some of the big video game tournaments. So it is nice to watch them online . Evo , MLG Starcraft , etc.  Some of the twitch users get access to some of big games 24-48 hours earlier.  So working overnights , it makes my day go by faster watching them play.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

@RossRichard Me.  I thought there was some kind of premium version coming out-- clicked it immediately.  I am disappoint.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@sladakrobot Yes part of the reason my Xbox will be meeting Ebay very shortly, useless device next to PS & PC, fine for those without and like paying to use their internet connection which is already paid for :O

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

@deth420 "I dont get this! who the hell wants to watch people play games?"

I wonder the same thing every time I see an article on Gamespot about competitive gaming.

Sharuko9126
Sharuko9126

@deth420 The streams are entertainment, people don't mind paying for entertainment.  Be it watch sports, comedy, movies or entertaining people playing games.

6orange6
6orange6

@lolomgwtfbbq but but, you get expanded chat colors, they are actually going to let you use your computer graphics chip. Yes the one you paid for. You have to pay rent to access it's colors, you know that right?

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@SteamyPotatoes  If i am correct,there are over 40 millions XBL-"gold"-subscribers so MS thinks they doing the right thing.As long as it is like that,I see no change in that formula so soon...unfortunatelly.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@sladakrobot @SteamyPotatoes Guess the side that feels Xbox Live should be ad driven for non gold members, but allow users to get online with their games , Don't mind paying for twitch to support the casters but not all that into it at the moment so it's entirely optional.