Do you currently use Twitch Prime (or have Amazon Prime & didn’t know about Twitch Prime)? Well, get prepared for
changes downgrades to the service.
change downgrade is ad-free viewing. When Twitch Prime was introduced, it replaced much of what Twitch was already offering with Twitch Turbo - a paid monthly subscription service. One of the best benefits of this was ad-free viewing across the platform.
Well… beginning on September 14 all new Twitch Prime users (technically new Amazon Prime users, but for clarity I’ll just refer to the service as Twitch Prime moving forward) will lose this benefit. The next to lose ad-free viewing will be monthly subscribers of Twitch Prime on October 15. And the last to lose ad-free viewing will be annual Twitch Prime subscribers, who will lose the benefit when their plan renews.
So what if you still want ad-free viewing, is that possible? It sure is - just get yourself a subscription to Twitch Turbo. Alternatively, channel-specific ad-free viewing will still be available as part of your monthly Prime sub (make sure you use it - if you don’t, I know a bunch of Strategists who’d love to have your FREE sub) where the channel has that feature turned on.
change downgrade isn’t as clearly communicated, and this may have more to do with regional benefits than anything else. Included in the email update that I received, was this little nugget on the removal of the pre-order discount:
Second, beginning on August 28th, 2018, Prime members will no longer receive a 10% discount on physical video game pre-orders. All eligible pre-orders placed before August 28th, will still receive the 10% discount under the existing benefit once the game is released.
What originally started as a 20% discount (at least here in Canada), dropped to 10%, and will now go the way of the Dodo. This leaves us with Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee which is available to everyone, regardless of Prime status.
So… how does this make you all feel?