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Twitch Launches $8.99 Per Month Premium Tier, With Custom Emoticons, Badges… And No Ads

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http://techcrunch.com – Ever since it was launched in 2011, e-sports streaming specialist Twitch has been free to view. Like other streaming video sites on the web, Twitch has relied on ads as its primary source of monetization. But frankly, no one likes ads, and so the company is rolling out a new premium tier, called Twitch Turbo, which will provide ad-free viewing, as well as a few other features, for $8.99 a month. Turbo users will be able to freely stream all their favorite e-sports events, matches, and tutorials, all without any pre-rolls or overlays. But there are other advantages to being a Turbo user — (IT news)