Twitch Prime ends ad-free viewing, Amazon Prime preorder discount reduced

Pay now or kiss Twitch Prime’s no-advertising perk goodbye starting Sept 14

Amazon Prime will no longer offer 20% off games, company switching to $10 gift card with select titles

Current monthly subscribers will get ad-free viewing until October 15. If you have an annual subscription or if you upgrade to one before September 14, you will get ad-free viewing until your next renewal date.

In addition to posting their announcement online, Twitch also sent an email to all of its Prime members. With ads, the platform and game creators can get a cut. "We want Twitch to remain a place where anyone can enjoy one-of-a-kind interactive entertainment, and ads allow us to continue making Twitch the best place for creators to build communities around the things they love and make money doing it". This announcement, coupled with a separate announcement that Amazon is ending a 20 percent Prime discount on video game preorders, has some people seeing red. (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.

Second, starting on August 28, Prime members will now get a $10 Amazon credit when pre-ordering select games on Amazon.com.

Being able to watch Twitch live game broadcasters without any ads was one of the most appealing components of Twitch Prime.

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Twitch Prime, a service the streaming video site offers in partnership with its parent company Amazon, will no longer be ad-free for new members starting September 14. With most new games priced at $60, the benefit was typically worth $12.

An ad-free viewing experience is still possible! You'll also still see no ads when you use your free Twitch Prime subscription on individual channels who allow ad-free viewing. You can always cancel later if you decide to change your mind.

Amazon Prime members will no longer receive 20% off new games when they pre-order, the company revealed today.

Thanks to every Twitch Prime member for supporting Twitch and your favorite streamers.

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