If you’re currently an Amazon Prime member who frequently gets your games from the service, you may want to consider continuing to renew your subscriptions.
Seemingly unannounced and done overnight, Amazon made changes to some of the higher profile games that it sells directly through the companies that make them. Many games sold from first-party sellers were being blocked by a “Prime-exclusive” button, meaning that only Prime members were able to purchase them. Please note, however, that this restriction has been lifted, and no games are currently barred from non-Prime members. It’s important to keep this brief stint in mind, as it could be a sign of where Amazon may be headed.
According to Videogamer, a few of the games that were restricted included Grand Theft Auto V, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Fifa 16, Far Cry Primal, Battlefield Hardline and Rainbow Six Siege.
It’s worth noting that Amazon has also started offering Prime membership as a monthly subscription as well, and is offering a 30 day free trial to anyone wishing to try it out, should this restriction reappear. If you decide not to, and these restrictions to come back, you shouldn’t have any issue buying from third-party sellers, who saw no different during the brief time this change was up.
If we do see this come back, it’s not known how many titles might be affected, but it’s safe to say that Amazon would probably target the more popular games in the industry.