Amazon Prime members no longer get ad-free Twitch privileges

If you sign up to Amazon Prime you can enjoy a number of benefits

Twitch announced a couple of major changes to the Twitch Prime program today that you are going to want to sit down for.

Ultimately, the decision was about money, Twitch wrote in its blog, portraying the change as something that will help creators better rely on advertising "so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love".

Amazon changed its video game pre-order discount policy Monday to a new system that gives customers a $10 credit, which forces Prime members to purchase another item before they get to enjoy their bonus. 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.

Twitch users can maintain across-the-board ad-free viewing by subscribing to Twitch Turbo, the service that Twitch Prime appeared set to muscle out when it debuted in 2016. Depending on how many games that ends up being, this could severely cut the savings Prime members receive when buying new games. Twitch has also stated that there will also be ad-free options for specific channels who choose to turn the option on. "As we have continued to add value to Twitch Prime, we have also re-evaluated some of the existing Twitch Prime benefits", the company wrote.

But just because Amazon is bringing ads to Twitch Prime doesn't mean you'll have to watch any adverts going forward. In addition, Amazon Prime members will lose their 20% game preorder discount after August 28, 2018. The promotional credit only lasts for 60 days and is limited to products sold directly sold by Amazon, not by third-party retailers. And since then we've seen the Twitch community take advantage of Twitch Prime perks like monthly channel subscriptions to support favorite streamers, Free Games with Prime, and in-game loot for games like Fortnite, PUBG, Hearthstone, and more.

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