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If you were planning on treating yourself to Grand Theft Auto V for some hijinks set in a fictional version of California, Amazon might not be the retailer for you anymore. 

It seems like, for some reason, you will have to shell out for an Amazon Prime account in order to be able to purchase select titles from the immensely popular online retailer. Among these titles are the aforementioned Grand Theft Auto VRainbow Six Siege, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate for PS4. The PS4 and Xbox One versions of FIFA 16, Far Cry Primal, and Battlefield Hardline are now also exclusive to Amazon Prime subscribers. These games join a line up of different items that are exclusive to subscribers of the $130 a year service which includes perks like free shipping and access to a variety of streaming services like the Prime Video service and Prime Music. Note that this is currently happening on the UK and US versions of the store and this only pertains to the physical versions of the games at this time. The digital versions can still be bought by anyone. 

Even though you won’t be able to order these games directly from Amazon, you can still use their website to buy the physical versions of the games off third-party sellers. 

David Scammell from Videogamer reached out to Amazon for comment, but only got back the most canned response imaginable: 

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.

It’s as of yet unknown if more games will be added to the Prime program but if that were to happen then there would be some cause for concern. What is stopping Amazon from locking specific editions of a game or Amazon exclusive pre-order bonuses behind an additional paywall?

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I can understand it if they locked new items behind the Prime wall as a sort of ‘early access’ type of deal, but locking away games that have been out for a while seems a bit . . . odd. It’s not a very big problem since you can still buy the games from third parties, but it’s still a bit silly.

So, what do you think of Amazon no longer selling these games to non-subscribers? Sound off in the comments!

Chris Anderson

Assoc. News Editor

I've been playing games since I was just barely able to walk, and I never really stopped playing them. When I'm not fulfilling my duties as senior staff writer and tech reviewer, I'm either working on music, producing one of two podcasts or doing freelance work.

  • NuclearCherries

    This seems very anti-consumer to me.

    If the games are exclusive to amazon prime customers, go elsewhere. simple.

  • jaygerbomb

    I agree. I’ve been a Prime member for a while, but this is insane. It’s one thing to add benefits to Prime like the streaming video & music, or offer discounts on products to prime members, but to make physical products available only to Prime members just seems like a good way to alienate potential customers.

  • DrearierSpider

    I may very well cancel my Prime membership on principle over this.

  • Reptile

    Reading the headline I first thought it was about Amazon developing exclusive games, but wow, getting games and putting them behind Prime is just silly. People will logically buy it on another store, there is no point in non-prime users to pay $130 per year just to buy a $50-$60 game because its Amazon.

  • MusouTensei

    “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
    OR, I buy it somewhere else and don’t give Amazon a single cent anymore if they pull this bullshit in my country, WTF?

  • Kev Lew

    just means steam purchase and direct-sale will happen more, I may even skip on getting any other game from amazon again (already a rare occurrence) unless the price point/seller availability is wildly different elsewhere. I have the money and patience to wait past times exclusivity and EA/Ubisoft are already on near-boycott territory for me publisher wise, this sort of BS just makes me even less interested in giving them money for deficient sequels to formerly interesting games..

  • Mr Snow

    Well, I got prime now until the end of my days (at least those in the US), so not an issue. But this is a very bizarre thing to do. Now this is just anectdotal, but I don’t think a lot of people have prime, and this doesn’t exactly encourage them to do it. Discounted games sure, I bought Twilight Princess on the Wii U for about $15 cheaper than retail as a prime exclusive offer.

  • njdss4

    All this does is make me less likely to buy games through Amazon. This is a stupid move that will backfire on them.

  • Psyramics

    Crap like this is why competition is a good thing.

  • It’s like costco, but for games 😛

  • 130 a year? I just paid 50 on student membership

  • Amazon scares me as bad as Mircrosoft and Google. I order some things through them occasional but only if I can’t find what I need elsewhere. This encourages me to double-down on that policy.