Twitch has been giving away free games with Twitch Prime for a while now. But being a streaming service, they didn’t really have a distribution platform in place, at least anything in the same league as Steam or EA Origin, to distribute their games to the eligible masses. Enter Twitch Desktop, a clunky app that tries to be everything Twitch is along with everything Discord and Steam are, and failing at most of what it tries to do.
When a Twitch Prime member downloads their games through Twitch Desktop, they are written to a special Twitch Games folder and links are added to the desktop and Start menu (on Windows at least) that launch the games. Unfortunately, they aren’t just ordinary links: these are Twitch Fuel links that open Twitch Desktop, hunt for the game after it loads (which can be hit-or-miss), and THEN tries to load the game. Fortunately, with a little deobfuscation, guesswork, and magic, we can unmask these links and get things slightly back to normal.