Amazon UK Gets Digital Game Downloads Beta Section

Written by Andrew Moynihan on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 8:49 AM

Amazon have been in the digital market for quite a while, selling MP3's and of course E-books for their own Kindle line of E-readers.

They have also sold digital games, although often just as Steam codes; but they have now released their own downloading service, complete with a digital games library...

Amazon don't yet have a huge library of games, nor will they be quite as aggressive with sales pricing as Steam; but they have the advantage of being a lot larger and more often used. Customers can now go to their Beta site and purchase games, which are added to their Amazon library, and can naturally be re-downloaded in multiple locations.

It's not just games that are being offered, but many popular items of software, such as the Rosetta Stone language learning tools, and of course Microsoft Office. Free to Play games are also represented, letting you purchase in-game currency for various large titles.

Amazon have grouped their selling of Game Codes together however, so be cautious when purchasing; some games are only unlocks for Origin, Steam or UPlay, and will require accounts with the relevant provider. Some games are fully distributed by Amazon - all the information is made clear on the store pages.

What do you guys think, is Amazon going to push into the digital games market any more? Or are they just getting their piece of the pie? Tell us your thoughts below.

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15:43 Aug-08-2013

This should be good for steam users (like me). If amazon competitively price their games then steam will become cheaper and I can get more games cheaper :D

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09:10 Aug-09-2013

Have you heard about Kinguin? ;)

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11:34 Aug-09-2013

Thanks for sharing that :) Although it still cannot beat $5 for the humble bundle.. :D Once I have got a new CPU i will see about buying some more games.. although I do have quite a lot in my steam library I haven't got around to downloading yet :P

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09:23 Aug-13-2013

Yeah the Bundles are great but you can't select the games ;)
Same here, tons of games I haven't even tested :D

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09:36 Aug-13-2013

My problem is that I get slow downloads so I cant download much. Saints Row 3 took over a day to download.. :(

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20:29 Aug-13-2013

I spent days downloading Max Payne 3 with my old 1MB connection :D

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01:39 Aug-14-2013

It was worth it though.. just saying "Max Payne" allows someone to devote a few days to downloading and playing :D

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14:33 Aug-08-2013

Yeah love that amazon have done this. Hopefully they will add more games to the library and offer some good prices.

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09:38 Aug-08-2013

Amazon are not know for aggressive/competitive pricing... Honestly I'd rather buy games the old fashioned way - getting my a$$ of the sofa and going down to a store... I just like doing some things the old fashioned way...

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11:05 Aug-08-2013

same, I don't trust steam (only cuz of ma unreliable internet) but I also prefer retail copies, same with books, I like a physical book, I can't find mysefl reading e books.

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07:06 Aug-09-2013

Books too... Get my a$$ of the sofa and down to a book store... No internet required...

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09:10 Aug-08-2013

since it's in beta, can it have bugs and stuff?

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09:03 Aug-08-2013

Are free games available?

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09:10 Aug-08-2013

yeah, you can do ingame purchases throuhg the client 'Free to Play games are also represented, letting you purchase in-game currency for various large titles.'

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08:55 Aug-08-2013

i somehow have the feeling that this is going to be a battle between steam and amazon just like the battle between democrats and republicans

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11:51 Aug-08-2013

No way, amazon just wants to cut off the middle man (steam,origin etc.).I don't think amazon can compete with steam.

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