Digital distribution News


EA building Origin 'exclusives' [Update: didn't pull Crysis 2 from Steam]

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 15, 2011 9:45am PDT

EA plans to have more games exclusive to its own recently-relaunched digital distribution store Origin. It was initially thought that EA pulled Crysis 2 from Steam as part of this plan, but that's since been denied.


"All I'm saying is, Crytek is a great company, they did nothing wrong, but Valve delisted their ..."

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GamersGate launching ad-supported free games

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 09, 2011 5:31am PDT

"A large portion" of the the digital distributor's catalogue will be available to play for free, in return for watching a short advert before the game launches. The 'FreeGames' service is slated to launch in September.


"It would be funny if right before a huge boss battle the game takes a commercial break, just ..."

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Direct2Drive Launches Download Rental Scheme

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 25, 2011 2:30pm PST

Digital distributor Direct2Drive quietly launched a rental scheme for downloadable PC games last week, though so far it's looking somewhat less...


"Gamefly is also paying full price for a limited number of physical copies. Unless D2D is buying ..."

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Recettear Localiser Talks Digital Distribution as Sales Pass 100k, Next Project Revealed

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 04, 2011 6:00am PST

The event of Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale's sales passing 100,000 units has led the Japanese PC RPG's localiser Carpe Fulgur to give a little...


"I feel like I ripped someone off in getting Recettear for $10. I'll buy it again if they do ..."

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EA Reaping Tremendous Windfalls from Digital Sales

By Garnett Lee, Dec 08, 2010 3:40pm PST

Speaking at an industry conference, Electronic Arts CFO Eric Brown proclaimed, "we've at least in part kind of cracked the code of how to extend...


"This isn't necessarily a push to exclusively focus on Twitter integration and stuff like that. ..."

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Revamped Games for Windows Marketplace Launches

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 16, 2010 6:49am PST

Microsoft's revamped Games for Windows Marketplace has launched, giving the PC games digital distribution service a new lick of paint and a...


"Do you really expect MS to worry about games WORKING post-update? Sheesh, they only care about ..."

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Microsoft Announces Web-Based Games Marketplace for PC Games

By Brian Leahy, Oct 22, 2010 7:00am PDT

Currently, Microsoft sells digital PC titles through its Games for Windows Live client, but that will change on November 15 when the company rolls...


"If a game isn't using Steam I don't have to have Steam open either. What do you mean?"

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EA Reports First Quarter Profits of $96 Million, Dubs Itself 'The #1 PC Publisher'

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 04, 2010 11:00am PDT

Development and publishing giant Electronic Arts has reported profits of $96 million for the first quarter--which ran from April 1 to June 30--of...


"They will rue they day when they abandoned us! Aquinas spoke of the mythical city on the hill, ..."

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Nintendo Vows to Improve Online Offerings

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 23, 2010 11:00am PDT

Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime both spoke up during E3 2010 on the company's future plans for...


"That doesn't mean the service/platform as it is isn't terrible. There are no accounts, only ..."

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NPD Group Releases 'Extreme Gamer' Statistics, Details Digital Distribution Growth

By Jeff Mattas, May 27, 2010 7:00pm PDT

The NPD Group has released some new market research survey results related to American gaming habits, including so-called "Extreme Gamers," a...


"The only people making 48 hours a week are the unemployed and the never-been-employed."

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Digital Distributor Green Man Gaming Lands Bearing Used Game Trade-Ins, Launch Discounts

By Alice O'Connor, May 10, 2010 7:40am PDT

New digital distributor Green Man Gaming launched today, bringing a new feature to the exciting world of virtual video game vending--the ability to...


"I'm not sure why it can't be resold? You are assuming they can't resell the game because...?"

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Sega Lays Off 73 During Restructing

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 23, 2010 8:20am PDT

Sega West has laid off seventy-three employees while restructuring, Industry Gamers reports, and refocused its American division on downloadable...


"Yea these game companies just dont get it. If you churn out expensive crap people will stop ..."

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GOG Gets Outcast, Master of Orion 1 & 2; Blood Coming Soon

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 20, 2010 6:31am PDT

Virtuous virtual vintage video games vendor Good Old Games today added PC classics Outcast and Master of Orion 1 & 2 to its catalogue, priced at...


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PC Games Net $13.1 Billion in 2009 as Digital Distribution Grows and Retail Sales Shrink

By Chris Faylor, Mar 10, 2010 8:20am PST

The industry consortium known as the PC Gaming Alliance has unveiled details of its 2009 Horizons Report, offering an update on the worldwide state...


"Some games have mod support. Some games don't. That's been the case forever and probably will ..."

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NPD: PC Still 'Most Used System for Online Gaming' as Digital Distribution Purchases Rise

By Chris Faylor, Mar 02, 2010 10:30am PST

Market research firm The NPD Group has revealed the highlights of its recent "Online Gaming 2010" research report, providing a glimpse of the...


"People dont wanna pay for xbox live gold and psn is mediocre at best (not to mention this ..."

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