Prime members won't be able to save on video games starting this month, because Amazon will stop offering discounts on video game pre-orders as of Tuesday, August 28.
According to the retailer's updated terms and conditions, Prime members will instead receive store credit as an incentive to preorder video games through Amazon, but only preorders of "select video games" will come with the $10 store credit promotion. With ads, the platform and game creators can get a cut. So you might get up to one year of ad-free viewing if you act fast. You'll have 60 days to use the promo credit before it expires.
In related news, Twitch also also announced that its ad-free viewing benefit with Prime is going away for new members on September 14.
Launched in 2016, Twitch Prime was created to drive more subscribers to Amazon's Prime program ($99 per year), whose benefits include free shipping on millions of products and access to Prime Video. As previously noted on the Twitch Prime Guide webpage, even though Prime viewers weren't actually seeing ads, creators were still getting credit for the impressions as if they had. (Twitch Prime comes free with Amazon prime subscriptions.) In most cases the difference will only be a couple of bucks, but as a matter of principle it's not a great look.
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Some big changes are coming to gamers with Amazon Prime subscriptions. Current monthly subscribers will get ad-free viewing until October 15.
Twitch Prime is a great way to earn a load of extra goodies if you consume a lot of content on the streaming service.
However, the Twitch Prime program offers one free subscription to a Twitch channel, so users can still get ad-free viewing on a single channel if that creator has enabled that feature. "As we have continued to add value to Twitch Prime, we have also re-evaluated some of the existing Twitch Prime benefits", the company wrote.
Thanks to every Twitch Prime member for supporting Twitch and your favorite streamers.