Amazon UK takes on Steam with digital downloads for games
New service launches in the UK (just four years after the US)
Wednesday 07 August 2013
The site currently offers approximately 600 products with the roster of video games currently featuring Tomb Raider, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Civilization V and Mass Effect 3. Free-to-play games are also available including Second Life and Stronghold.
The launch sale for the site includes many PC games selling for under £10, including Far Cry 3 and Anno 2070.
The digital download portion of the games industry has been growing steadily for years, with total downloads across PCs, mobiles and consoles increasing by 33 per cent year on year.
In the US, for example, $14.8 billion was spent on games last year with 40 per cent of this ($5.9bn) spent on digital titles.
In the software section there’s all the expected antivirus software (Kaspersky, Norton) and work suites for word processing and image editing from Microsoft and Adobe.
Users can also purchase product codes from the site, and then use them to activate downloads from the relevant company’s site.
“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.” said Xavier Garambois, Vice-President of European Consumer Business at Amazon EU.
Life & Style blogs
Victoria's Secret models star in new nude Russell James book
Spider app launched to help arachnophobes identify the creepy-crawlies they find at home
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
More women are now playing video games than men
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Watch a man race the Circle line - and win
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£35000 - £50000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior QA Engineer (Agil...
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our retail client ...
£400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client are currently seekin...
£45000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Chelmsf...