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Amazon starts PC game download store

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Feb 2009 22:36 User comments (4)

Amazon starts PC game download store The giant e-tailer Amazon has announced the launch of a new PC game download store that should move the company into a battle for market share against RealNetworks, Big Fish Games, and PopCap.
The store, available here, currently has over 600 downloadable games, with all priced at $6.99 to $9.99 USD.

As a promotion of the store, the company is offering three free full version games, “Jewel Quest 2,” “The Scruffs” and “Build A Lot.” Every other game comes with a free, 30-minute trial.

When asked whether Amazon had a chance to succeed in the now crowded online games market, Greg Hart, Amazon's vice president of video games and software, added:

"Sure, sure. A great example is when entered the traditional retail video game space two and a half years ago... obviously that was a very competitive and crowded space, but we've been very happy with our growth in that space."

"Certainly there is a lot of competition, and a lot of sites out there that do a very good job, but we think we bring a lot of things... certainly trust, and the convenience aspects... are all elements of the shopping experience that will carry over to casual game downloads very well."

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4 user comments

14.2.2009 2:04

10 yrs too late.

They can't compete with Usenet.

24.2.2009 4:27

Yet another thing for Amazon to make revenue on, although its not necessarily bad, but it will be a long climb up a steep hill for them. Good luck.

34.2.2009 12:34

All they need to do is sell steady even if in small amounts they will make a profit...

44.2.2009 13:59

Selling these games for 6.99 to 9.99 will definitely help because 19.99 was way too expensive for those types of games. Most are similar types like hidden object games, match 3 games or Diner Dash type games mostly.

i see Amazon bought which still offers downloads from the reflexive website. Their prices just shot down to 9.99 also.

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