Online retailer Amazon has begun listing a number of popular games as “exclusive to Prime members”, essentially blocking non-Prime members from buying the games directly from Amazon. The games will still be available via third-party sellers, however it is unclear how long the situation will stay this way.
Among the games affected by this change are GTA V, FIFA 16, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, FIFA 16, The Elder Scrolls Online, Battlefield Hardline, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Minecraft, Far Cry Primal and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Most egregiously of all, Farming Simulator has also been locked behind Amazon Prime, Eurogamer reports. Amazon responded to VideoGamer with the following statement:
“One of the many benefits of Amazon Prime is access to exclusive selection on a number of great products. Customers who are not Prime members can sign-up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, or they can purchase those items from a Marketplace seller.”
A subscription to Amazon Prime presently costs $100 per year, or £79 in the United Kingdom. Apart from exclusive products like the games mentioned above, it also offers subscribers free shipping. Are you a subscriber? What do you think of this change? Let us know in the comments below.