In short: if you want to reap ad-free Twitch benefits via Amazon Prime for as long as possible and you like paying for Amazon's service, re-up that subscription ahead of September 14. Existing monthly subscribers can enjoy the perk until October 15; annual subscribers will have it until their next renewal date. "The reason? A re-evaluation of existing benefits as the company "[continues] to add value to Twitch Prime".
According to the announcement, this new policy will go into effect for new Prime members starting on September 14.
Amazon is changing the terms of its Prime benefits for video game pre-orders, replacing the 20 percent discount with a $10 Amazon promotional credit on "select title", as first spotted by Twitter user Wario64. 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. It does not offer the other Twitch Prime extras, however, including a free monthly channel subscription and free games and in-game content, which Twitch said will not be affected by the change. You'll also still see no ads when you use your free Twitch Prime subscription on individual channels who allow ad-free viewing.
The Amazon Prime discount on new game preorders is also being changed, from 20 percent off the purchase price to a flat $10 Amazon credit. It now offers a $10 store credit bonus on select games under the more general (and free) My Best Buy rewards program.
The move comes just three months after Best Buy killed its own 20 percent discount membership program: Gamers Club Unlocked, which Amazon's Prime discount originally competed directly with. But one of the biggest features was the ad-free experience across Twitch.
Twitch Prime is still, and will always be, packed with premium benefits you can't get anywhere else.
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