Twitch Drops Ad-Free Viewing for Prime Members

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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.

A couple of years ago, Amazon Prime members received the benefit of Twitch Prime as part of the regular Prime members Amazon subscription which included benefits like no ads, in-game currency for certain games, and you could vote toward a free game every month. What you have to do is use your monthly subscription token on a channel that has ad-free viewing turned on.

This comes as Twitch - which lets gamers record and share in-game videos - realizes that advertising is "an important source of support for creators", according to the company's blog post.

If you're a fan of Amazon Prime's many gaming-centric perks, we've got some bad news. If people really want an ad-free Twitch experience, they will need to upgrade to the $8.99 per month Twitch Turbo.

The retail giant is axing its long-running pre-order discount on new games, and is removing a key feature from its Twitch Prime game-streaming service.

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Some of Twitch Turbo's icons, with its special smiley face flipped in light of today's Twitch Prime news.

Starting August 28, Amazon will no longer be offering a 20 percent discount on pre-orders and purchases of major new releases, a perk that's been offered since early 2016. Now, that's going away.

Twitch Prime is still, and will always be, packed with premium benefits you can't get anywhere else. Announcing the arrival of advertisements even for paying subscribers, Twitch says: "As we have continued to add value to Twitch Prime, we have also re-evaluated some of the existing Twitch Prime benefits".

The change is likely to rile some customers used to their current levels of privilege, which also include free monthly games for download and in-game loot for the likes of Fortnite or Hearthstone. We'll see you in chat. The promotional credit only lasts for 60 days and is limited to products sold directly sold by Amazon, not by third-party retailers.

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