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

Joanna Estrada
August 21, 2018

Next week, it'll be replaced with a different bonus system.

Amazon has announced that beginning on August 28, it will no longer offer 20 percent off pre-orders for Prime subscribers. Any credits obtained via game preorders expire 60 days after their application to your account, and the credit can only be used by Amazon.com or Amazon Digital Services LLC products.

One of the best ways to pre-order new games is now dead.

This is bound to be a disappointment for long-time Amazon Prime members that have utilized the discount on more than one occasion. When it first started, Amazon offered the 20%-off deal to Prime members who bought a game within two weeks of launch. Pre-ordering won't charge your card until the game ships, so you might even want to pre-order some you're still unsure about to ensure you get the lowest price.

Twitch Prime members with monthly subscriptions will continue to get ad-free viewing until October 15; those who already have an annual subscription (or those who upgrade to an annual subscription before September 14) will continue with ad-free viewing until their next renewal date.

But - buried at the bottom of a Twitch Prime announcement - we just spotted that Amazon is ending those discounts, effective August 28. By paying $9 per month, Twitch members can add a "Turbo" membership to their profile, which disables ads across the entire site and adds a few other perks (cosmetic options while chatting in Twitch, larger video storage for video creators). "This change will strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love".

Now it's just a matter of seeing how much these changes will affect Amazon Prime's membership count. Thank you for your support.

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