Shunal DokeAug 07, 2013 17:23:36 IST
Popular online shopping website Amazon is dipping its toes in game distribution. The company has launched a digital distribution platform for PC and Mac games. Currently, the service is only available for UK and US through their respective Amazon websites. However, most of the titles on the store seem to be codes that are then added to either Origin or Steam, depending on the game, from where you can download them.
The prices on Amazon’s service seem to be a much better deal than the PC versions. For example, a code to get Call of Juarez: The Cartel will set you back by £3.81 (Rs 360 approx), whereas buying the same game on Steam will cost you $19.99 (Rs 1,220 approx). There are even some games up for pre-order, including the upcoming Battlefield 4. Other things up for grabs include download-only titles, DLC and in-game microtransactions.
Only, you won't get a cardboard box with digital games
According to Eurogamer, Amazon has stated that it will have competitive pricing, which means that if not cheaper, games will cost the same as they would on Steam or Origin.
"Customers buying software and video games who want their products quickly can now download these products straight to their computer with the click of a button," Amazon exec Xavier Garambois said. "Not only is this exciting for everyday purchases but for major upcoming releases, Amazon customers will be able to get their hands on products without waiting for them to arrive in the post."
This adds to the ever-growing list of digital distribution platforms on the PC. The biggest members of the club are Steam, Origin, GOG.com and Green Man Gaming. Whether Amazon can put a dent in these companies’ profits or not is yet to be seen.
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