What Happened To PSN Content On Amazon

Posted by on October 19th, 2011 | 4 Comments | Tags:

It seems that Amazon is no longer stocking PSN points cards and PSN game vouchers. Heading over to the Amazon.com PSN page leads you to a page full of nothing.

The service originally launched in October 2009 and at one point had well over 500 pieces of content. It was even useful as a place to see what was coming to PSN, this is before the PlayStation Blog started “The Drop.”

I reached out to Amazon to see what was up. There have been times when content has been pulled from the store, the 3DS had this happen in July. I was told by an Amazon PR rep that, “We have no announcements regarding this change in selection, however we can confirm that Amazon Digital Video Game Downloads is not currently offering Playstation Network Online Game Codes and Points Cards.”

Old content can still be found on Amazon, but it is listed as “Currently unavailable.” All the codes that you have purchased are still in your Games and Software Library, so don’t panic if you didn’t redeem one.

I will try to get a response from SCEA to see if they have anything to add.

  • I have a feeling this has to do with the spend $60 get $10 back promotion. Too many people were buying PSN credit from Amazon and adding it to their PSN wallet (which counts towards the promotion).

    Maybe Sony wants people to add funds directly through the store, instead of credit from a third party. Maybe Amazon takes a bigger cut than retailers on PSN cards. I’m not entirely sure.

  • Chris Dunn

    I first noticed this last Friday-Saturday (10/21-22).

    Between Monday and Tuesday, even the links to the online codes got pulled.

    I had to buy online codes from Best Buy last night. (Blech),

  • Morgan

    Gamestop is still selling voucher codes online (http://www.gamestop.com/store/playstation-3?nav=1351-8d).

  • Cyberxion

    That doesn’t really make sense though, Kirk. Whether the credits are purchased through Amazon or Sony via the PSN, Sony still gets its money one way or the other. I can’t see why they’d be so eager to kill a distribution method for that reason when it still represents revenue just the same. And honestly, if they were really concerned about it for that reason, then don’t you think that they’d go ahead and pull ’em from every other retailer as well, whether it be the physical cards at brick-and-mortar stores, or the codes from e-tailers? Yet as, it’s my understanding that the codes are still available online at Best Buy, and that the cards are still pretty-much available everywhere.

    Nah, I think there’s something more to this, but I’ll be damned if I know what. Though I’m really kind of eager to find out. This move just doesn’t make any sense at all as it stands.