Amazon Locking Select Game Purchases Behind Prime Membership


Looks like Amazon is trying a new strategy in gaining new Primer members and its costing customers the ability to purchase select video games. Turns out if you want to pick up Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4 and Fallout 4 on the PC then you’ll be greeted with a message stating that the game is only available for purchase for Prime members.

This is nothing new as Amazon has issued certain purchases directly behind the Prime membership, but now that has migrated to video games. For now, the Prime membership is required for only a select few video games and it’s unknown if this will become widespread for all the video games offered through Amazon.

We should clarify that Amazon is only requiring Prime membership for these video games if you are purchasing the games directly from Amazon and not through another seller. Gamers can still go through a seller through Amazon without any issue if you continue to use Amazon without paying the additional Prime fee.

Amazon Prime members already have a few perks for paying the annual or monthly fee. For instance, you may get free two-day shipping on eligible select items. Additionally, subscribers will get the ability to stream unlimited movies and TV shows while Kindle owners can borrow books through the Lending Library.

Now that video games are now becoming locked behind the Prime membership, it will be curious to see if they will continue to lock video games for select consumers or not. Regardless, we want to hear your thoughts on the matter? Do you often purchase video games through Amazon directly as a free user? Let us know by leaving a comment down below.