Starting Aug. 28, Amazon will no longer offer Prime members 20% off video game pre-orders. The company has instead elected to supplement pre-orders with a $10 Amazon credit valid for “select titles” only. Unfortunately, the definition of “select” is not yet clear, and the credit may take up to 35 days before showing up in your account. Then, you’ll have 60 days to spend it before it expires.
The credit is only good for “qualifying products,” which appears to simply mean that you cannot use it on products from third-party sellers. You can read the full terms and conditions here.
Now, a 20% discount on a new $60 game usually amounts to around $12. So this technically isn’t that much of a difference in overall price. However, the inability to apply the savings to the game you’re actively buying may frustrate some customers.
Additionally, 35 days is a long time to wait for a digital credit. Prime members will also forfeit the value of the credit if they cancel their pre-orders or return the game. So, as of now, there’s no real way to game the system and snag some free credits.
If you do want to take advantage of Amazon’s 20% discount on pre-ordered games before it ends on Aug. 27, check out the full list of available games here:
Some Slickdealers have argued that this policy change is in direct response to Best Buy discontinuing new sign-ups for its Gamers Club program. That service also offered 20% off new games, but Best Buy has since replaced it with a $10 credit program. The parallels are certainly hard to miss.
Additionally, video game live-streaming service Twitch Prime announced that it’s phasing out ad-free viewing for members this year. New members will be forced to watch ads starting on Sept. 14, while current subscribers will lose ad-free viewing on Oct. 15. Those with annual subscriptions will lose it upon their next renewal date.
If you got Amazon Prime for the 20% pre-order discount and ad-free Twitch streams, it might be time to rethink your renewal.
H/t to Slickdealer AlphaSix for bringing this to our attention.