SavyGamer Awards crown Amazon, Steam, and Gamestation best retailers
Friday 03 December 2010
Bargain-hunting website SavyGamer has awarded Amazon, Steam, and Gamestation wins for their achievements this year as highstreet, online, and digital retailers.
Gamestation was judged best overall highstreet retailer as part of the SavyGamer Awards 2010, clinching further sub-category wins for Best Shop Environment & Customer Service and Best Value thanks to its selection of used games.
Online store Amazon UK and digital download service Steam were also praised for their range, value, and service.
Steam, like other digital distributors, provides a way for Mac and PC gamers to purchase and then download games via the internet.
The site has become well known for its ease of use and regular sales throughout the year, especially during the November and December months. Valve, which owns and operates the Steam store, was named Best Publisher.
BioWare won the Best Developer for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series, with honorable mentions for Platinum Games ( Bayonetta, Vanquish), Team Meat ( Super Meat Boy), Mojang Specifications ( Minecraft) and Gearbox ( Borderlands, Duke Nukem Forever).
Gamestation fared much better than parent company GAME who, along with The Hut Group and Activision, were deemed worst in their respective categories.
Visit SavyGamer to see the full list of winners and losers: http://savygamer.co.uk/2010/11/28/the-savygamer-awards-2010-results/
It looks very much as though 2015 will be a good year for the world economy, after all – and, if it is, that will be thanks to the fall in the oil price. It won't be good for everyone and we have already seen the pressure it puts on the Russian leadership – though, before you conclude that sometimes there is natural justice in the world, remember that the people who are hurt are not leaders such as Vladimir Putin. Other oil- and gas-exporting countries are damaged, too, and I think we will see further fallout in unpredictable ways. But the net impact is strongly positive, more so than most commentators at present acknowledge. The winners far outnumber the losers.
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