Twitch is the rapidly-growing video game streaming service, of course, which airs esports competitions and lets people showcase their gaming skills to potentially many thousands of viewers.
Don't want to watch someone else play video games? Fair enough – but Twitch has something else on tap that every kind of PC player can get behind: free games. If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, then you automatically have access to Twitch Prime. It's a service that eliminates ads from videos, lets you grant free monthly subscriptions to support streamers, and now includes several free games each month.
Even if you'll never use the streaming service, all Amazon Prime subscribers should snag the free Twitch Prime subscription and download these free PC games from the Twitch desktop app; they're yours to keep forever. And if you do love and use Twitch, then Prime and its myriad goodies is just the cherry on top.
The selection changes monthly, so we'll keep this space updated as new games arrive. And if you haven't snagged the several free July games still available from the expanded Prime Day promotion, be sure to scroll down to the bottom for details on those. August's free games, meanwhile, are available all month from 1 August.
Free PC games in August 2018
This fan-favourite platform-action game finds you exploring beneath the surface in search of loot and exciting challenges. SteamWorld Dig has a Metroid-like feel to the world and is also packed with personality.
Build up and oversee a thieves' guild in this Victorian-era, board game-esque experience, which finds you recruiting thugs, blackmailing folks, and using other shady tactics to amass power. Besides the single-player story campaign, there's also online and local PvP battles.
Jotun: Valhalla Edition
Jotun is a gorgeous, Norse-inspired action game. It puts you in the boots of Viking warrior Thora, who must atone for her "inglorious" demise and prove her worth to enter Valhalla. You might need the grit of Thor (or Thora, for that matter) to survive this tough experience.
You'll need to work together or die hilariously in Death Squared, a tense cooperative game about guiding little robots through trap-filled obstacle courses. It's best experienced with two or four players as you attempt to navigate in unison and avoid a grim demise.
Got an itch for old-school PC role-players? You might be able to scratch it with this compendium of classic Wizardry games: 1990's Wizardry 6, 1992's Wizardry 7, and 2001's Wizardry 8, the last of which shifted from lo-fi pixels to 3D graphics.
Free PC games in July 2018
SNK Bundle (3 July-2 August): Grab Metal Slug 3, The Last Blade, and Twinkle Star Sprites all month in this old-school arcade package.
The Bridge (13-26 July): Solve 48 mind-numbing puzzles inspired by the impossible creations of M.C. Escher.
Brutal Legend (14-27 July): Double Fine's very weird adventure is a love letter to heavy metal music and imagery.
Broken Age (17-31 July): This Double Fine point-and-click adventure stars a pair of teenagers trying to break free from their frustrating lives.
The Framed Collection (18-31 July): The Framed games are like interactive comic books, as you rearrange panels to advance the storyline.
Serial Cleaner (18-31 July): Who cleans up the bloody mess after a mob hit? In Serial Cleaner, you do. Enjoy!