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Amazon reportedly overhauling Twitch Prime to Prime Gaming subscription

Published: 10/Aug/2020 10:53

by Andy Williams

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According to a leaked document from Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, Amazon is set to rebrand the gaming benefits of their Twitch Prime membership to Prime Gaming.

As with most companies that have their eggs in more than one basket, rebranding and becoming more streamlined in the process is inevitable. And Amazon is no different.

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Their Amazon Prime membership offers an array of benefits, including one free monthly Twitch channel subscription and exclusive in-game content. But as it stands, the gaming rewards are labelled as Twitch-exclusive via the current branding.

Although on August 9, Slasher revealed some confidential assets, which detailed the nature of the rebranding — and its purpose — while explaining the new features that will be available through the service.

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Twitch Prime members have had access to a plethora of exclusive in-game content, such as this Fortnite bundle.

Twitch Prime to Prime Gaming

So what’s the difference? Well aside from a fresh lick of paint, Amazon’s Prime Gaming will now also offer members “rotating packages of full PC games that can be owned and kept forever at no additional cost.”

In terms of the games on offer, the assets detail these under ‘Functional Benefits’ and explain that these will be a mixture of games from indie developers and mainstream brands.

Aside from that, the same benefits remain. Amazon teased “other surprise perks” at the tail-end of their Functional Benefits, but what those are remains to be seen.

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Twitch also explained that the change will render streamers with “more chances to grow your viewership across all types of gamers from the Amazon Prime member base and opportunities to be featured in future Prime Gaming promotions.”

The branding will help Amazon better align the gaming portion of the Prime subscription with other services, such as Prime Music and Prime Video.

At the time of writing, it is not yet known when the change will come into effect, but an announcement is expected on August 10 at 11:00 AM (PST) / 1:00 PM (EST) / 6:00 PM (BST).

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When will Fortnite return to the Apple App Store for iOS devices?

Published: 12/Oct/2020 2:51

by Brad Norton

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With Epic Games and Apple still butting heads, when can mobile users expect to see Fortnite back in the App Store? The latest United States district court ruling has given us a rough idea of when we can expect to see it back.

When Epic made the move to implement a direct payment method for V-Bucks on mobile, Apple responded swiftly. The two major corporations have been locking horns in legal battles ever since. Fortnite was removed from the App Store and obviously, the player base has been dropping significantly with each passing day.

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Despite the developers trying to get the battle royale reinstated ahead of Season 4, Epic hasn’t had any luck as of yet. However, the latest courtroom update has given us new insight on when we can expect to see the game make its grand return to iOS devices.

Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers of the Northern District of California pushed out new rulings on October 9. Fortnite itself won’t be allowed back on the App Store amidst the legal drama. With the trial not commencing until May 3, 2021, the battle royale won’t be back until next year at the earliest.

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Mobile players haven’t been able to partake in Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season.

The original issue centered around Epic’s direct method of buying V-Bucks on mobile devices. This bypassed mandatory rules in which a good chunk of every purchase would go into Apple’s pockets. Unless Epic decides to drop this and revert back, mobile gamers will have to wait for the trial in May.

If you’re anxiously waiting to drop into the battle royale on your iPhone, you may not want to hold your breath.

This leaves us a seven-month window from the time of writing. That’s the absolute minimum wait if an agreement is reached near-instantly in the trial.

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It may seem like doom and gloom for those with Apple devices. However, the latest rulings did come with some good news. Epic’s Unreal Engine will not be impacted, meaning that other games can proceed on the App Store without hassle.

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Epic and Apple have been in direct battle since August 13.

“Epic Games is grateful that Apple will continue to be barred from retaliating against Unreal Engine,” the company said. While Epic is clearly relieved, the developers are still adamant about putting an end to “Apple’s anti-competitive behavior.”

With Fortnite still months out from a potential return to mobile devices, now could be the best time to swap over. Console and PC gamers haven’t missed a beat and next-gen versions of the game will even come boasting graphical upgrades.

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