Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours, and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight we played PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition from 505 Games. Our team of four crooks cooperated to pull off a bank heist, engaging in firefights with the cops along the way. We even gave out three Xbox One codes for PAYDAY 2, a full retail game!

Update: The stream has now ended. Read on for quick impressions, a list of contest winners, and the full video replay!

PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition

Before Grand Theft Auto V added elaborate heists to its Grand theft Auto Online multiplayer mode, PAYDAY 2 was already sending groups of thugs on dangerous heists of its own.

In PAYDAY 2, players will select from eight distinctive criminals, each with his or her own history of violence and despair. Next, they will specialize in one of five classes: Mastermind, Enforcer, Technician, Ghost, and Fugitive. All can gain unique skills and perks that will help them contribute to heists.

PAYDAY is meant to be played in four-player online co-op, although it also supports single-player missions with bots. After assembling a team, the host selects a mission and then everyone gets to work. They begin by casing the location they're about to hit. The plan consists of several phases, such as securing hostages and drilling into the bank's vault.

Once the team has the location's money bagged up, they can escape to their getaway car. The cops won't make that easy, though! SWAT and other types of officers will storm onto the scene, doing everything they can to take the crooks down. The player team will have to shoot fast, work together, and revive each other as needed in order to hold off the cops until they can get away.

Players who like cooperative games and have friends to play with will have a blast completing heists, leveling up, and unlocking new weapons and skills in PAYDAY 2. Join us on Twitch tonight and you could win a copy of your own!

  • PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition – Xbox One – 10 GB – $49.99 – Xbox LinkAmazon Link
  • PAYDAY 2 – Windows PC – $19.99 ($49.99 for GOTY Edition) – Steam Link

PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition

The Contest

We'll be streaming PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition for ~90 minutes tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). During that time, we'll be giving out a total of nine game codes:

  • 3 PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition codes for Xbox One
  • 6 random Steam games donated by RoyalBob

To enter, just follow us at Twitch.tv/WindowsCentral and Twitch.tv/EastXtwitch (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!

Feel free to stick around in chat before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!

PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition

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PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition

Next week's stream

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? Here's next weekend's contest stream. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT).

  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams from Black Forest Games

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition


Come back here after the show to see the list of winners.

PAYDAY 2 for Xbox One

  • shojsauce
  • Bobjones1980
  • lightcycle45

Random Steam games

  • IccyAsd
  • Stoneysilence
  • Brownmeister2
  • Darkcup101
  • Afalcon90
  • jmf337

Thanks to 505 Games for providing tonight's prizes. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!]]]]]]]