Amazon ruined its video game pre-order bonus for Prime subscribers

21 August, 2018, 17:15 | Author: Rickey Flowers
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Instead, beginning April 28, "Prime members will now get a $10 [$AU14] Amazon promotional credit when pre-ordering select games" that can be used on "almost anything" Amazon sells.

"Advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible", the company said in a blog post announcing the move.

Amazon has offered the 20% pre-order discount since 2016, effectively bringing the price of a standard $60 game down to $48 for Prime members, saving $12 right off the bat. While Twitch Prime will still give away indie games to subscribers each month, as well as access to special emotes, the key value - watching Twitch without ads - has been removed. However, Twitch Prime probably wasn't generating much money for the platform; it now comes as a free benefit tacked on to Amazon Prime. With ads, the platform and game creators can get a cut. And if you bought an annual subscription, you'll continue to be able to watch without ads until your next renewal date. Once you get that credit, you can use it on nearly anything that Amazon sells, not just games.

Twitch might be getting big enough to renegotiate its arrangement with parent company Amazon, but that's not the only gaming bonus that Prime subscribers are losing. Members with monthly subscriptions will continue to get ad-free viewing until October 15.

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All those who now have a monthly subscription will be able to continue getting ad-free viewing until October 15.

On the same day, Twitch - owned by Amazon - also announced the removal of a major Twitch Prime benefit: universal ad-free viewing. All Twitch viewers can get ad-free viewing across all channels by subscribing to Twitch Turbo (read about Turbo right here).

"More limited" has been the trajectory of the Amazon Prime pre-order deal for some time now. And since then we've seen the Twitch community take advantage of Twitch Prime perks like monthly channel subscriptions to support favorite streamers, Free Games with Prime, and in-game loot for games like Fortnite, PUBG, Hearthstone, and more.


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