One of the best perks of having an Amazon Prime account is going away. Amazon announced today that Prime members will no longer receive a 20% discount on video game pre-orders starting on August 28, 2018. Instead, Prime members will now get a $10 Amazon promotional credit when pre-ordering select games on Amazon.com. This credit can be used on almost anything sold by Amazon.com.
Amazon says you will receive an email up to 35 days after the qualifying purchase is delivered or made available that indicates that $10 in Amazon promotional credit has been added to your customer account.
All eligible pre-orders placed before August 28 will still receive the 20 percent discount under the existing program once the game is released. Amazon has offered the 20% discount on video game pre-orders since 2016, which brought the price down to about $48 for new $60 games.
You can read the full new Terms & Conditions by clicking here.
The changes mirror what Best Buy had done after it shut down its Gamers Club Unlocked program in May. My Best Buy members now get a $10 coupon for pre-ordering games, but the selection of games is very limited.
The news comes on the same day that Twitch Prime announced that on September 14, ad-free viewing will no longer be part of Twitch Prime for new members. You can still get ad-free viewing on a channel by using your Twitch Prime sub, if the creator has this enabled.
Twitch Prime members with monthly subscriptions will continue to get ad-free viewing until October 15. If you already have an annual subscription, or if you upgrade to an annual subscription before September 14, you will continue with ad-free viewing until your next renewal date.
More details on the Twitch Prime changes can be found here.