Apple has updated its iTunes' terms and conditions governing the sale of digital goods in the European Union. The updated terms and conditions allow consumers to cancel their purchases and ask for a refund, according to Gamasutra, but there's a few problems with these changes.
Although a number of users in this Reddit thread are reporting that they have been charged for games they didn't buy (or want) on EA's digital distribution and multiplayer platform Origin, the company claims that it has not had a security breach. Several users within the Reddit thread claim that they are being charged for games they didn't buy and other suspicious account activity.
GOG.com is giving away what is commonly referred to as "Ultima 0," the very first role-playing game from Richard Garriott. Akalabeth: World of Doom is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as an early Christmas gift from Garriott and GOG.com. It joins GOG.com's other free games created by Garriott including Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire, and Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams.
New data from Superdata shows that November's digital sales revenues jumped 23 percent to hit the $1 billion mark (as reported on by GII). Superdata's monthly US digital games market update for November shows that Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains and sales helped significantly helped push US digital game revenues totals to $1 billion. This data includes mobile, PC, and console digital sales.
GOG.com has launched its Big Winter Sale today, offering steep discounts on over 750 DRM-free PC games. In addition to the price cut on most of its catalog GOG.com is offering time-limited flash sales and bundle deals too.
At a glance, GOG.com is offering deals on the Age of Wonders Pack, The Ultimate D&D Collection, The Witcher Tag Team, and The Stalker Zone. These deals last for 24 hours, so if you want to grab one of those bundles you'd better do it while you can.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said today at the Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference that, while digital revenues are growing, some maybe overstating the impact revenues from digital sales have on a company's bottom line. Zelnick claims that Take-Two generates roughly 15 - 30 percent of its revenue from digital sales.
In a move meant to stifle the activities of Steam code resalers, Valve Software has announced a new policy for gift codes. Going forward you will no longer be able to trade Steam gift codes for at least thirty days, according to Valve. There will be no restrictions on giving these codes away as gifts, as intended.
New Zealand's chief censor in charge of rating games is not happy with some game developers and publishers who are skirting the classifications process in the country by launching them digitally, according to this NZ Gamer report.
You may remember that earlier this year AtGames Digital Media announced that it had acquired the GameFly Digital’ game distribution platform. That service, which was bought from IGN and used to be called Direct2Drive, will return to its roots, according to an announcement from the company today. AtGames will re-launch the service this weekend under its original brand, Direct2Drive.
Ubisoft will not make several of its PC games available on Steam in the United Kingdom, according to PCNGames. Instead customers will have to buy Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew (whenever it is release) through Ubisoft's digital distribution service, Uplay.
When the #GamerGate hashtag started over two months ago, the first thought that popped into my head was "I wonder what GamersGate thinks about this." GamersGate, a European digital distribution platform has been selling PC games for nearly ten years and is a pretty established brand, so it must have been disconcerting for the company to have its brand - at least slightly - co-opted by a Twitter hashtag movement.
Online retailer Green Man Gaming announced today that it has opened a digital publishing division called Green Man Loaded. This new division will be led by former Codemasters and Sega executive Gary Rowe, who joins the company as EVP of publishing.
"Green Man Loaded was born out of several years of Paul Sulyok [Green Man Gaming founder and CEO] being bombarded by developers asking for advice in selling their games," said Rowe.
Steam now supports additional local currencies, according to an announcement made today by Valve Software - as reported by CVG. Local currency in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand are now supported. In late August Steam added support for the Japanese Yen.
Puppy Games has launched a Patreon to fund the ongoing development of its free MMO Battledroid. While the small indie studio continues to work on it, it has come to the conclusion that the MMO needs at least another year of development time and it does not have enough money to fund that effort. So they decided to turn to Patreon instead of other crowdfunding methods like Indiegogo or Kickstarter to raise some funds.
Yesterday we reported that GameFly sold the digital distribution platform (Direct2Drive, which was later renamed GameFly Digital) it bought from IGN in 2011 to a company called atGames. Today Dave Hodess - the CEO of GameFly - shed a little light on why the company decided to divest itself of that business.
Video games rental service GameFly has divested itself of the PC digital games platform that it bought from IGN in 2011 to AtGames. After purchasing Direct2Drive (an early competitor to Valve's Steam) from IGN in 2011, the company rebranded and relaunched the service as "GameFly Digital." The company has put up a small notice announcing the sale on its PC games portal at digital.gamefly.com.
EA Sports announced on its web site that it will discontinue its Season Ticket digital subscription promotion in March of 2015. Launched in 2011, the Season Ticket offered early access to select EA Sports titles, Ultimate Team Packs and other DLC, and discounts on digital purchases for an annual fee of around $20.
Delaware has become the first state in the US to enact a law that ensures families’ rights to access the digital assets of loved ones during incapacitation or after death. Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill (HB) 345, "Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act," which gives "heirs and executors" legal authority to take control of a digital account or device, according to Ars Technica.
According to research firm DFC Intelligence, 92 percent of all PC game sales across the world were digital in 2013. Speaking to PCR , the firm also said that it expects this number to increase in the years to come. DFC said earlier this year that the PC games market had surpassed the console gaming sector in terms of total revenues.
Electronic Arts is making a solemn promise to the gaming community today: a game that becomes part of EA Access will remain available forever - or as long as the service is available... At least that is what EA chief operating officer Peter Moore is telling CVG, among other things. Moore also said that, because a game's inclusion in The Vault - the service's catalog - is permanent, EA has to be very picky about what it will include.
EA Access, EA's all-you-can-consume games subscription plan for Xbox One, does not require an Xbox Live Gold account. EA confirmed the news but emphasized the fact that Xbox Live Gold will still be required for individual game features such as multiplayer. Of course that won't stop Xbox Live Silver users from obtaining the games and worrying about non-functional features later.
EA Access is not the first service to be available outside of Xbox Live Gold; Microsoft Netflix and other entertainment apps became available outside gold membership in June.
Electronic Arts has announced a new $5-a-month subscription plan with Xbox One that will give those willing to pay a monthly subscription fee access to select Xbox One games. The subscription, which is rolling out in limited beta to select people today, will be available as a monthly or annual subscription.
An investigation by Reclaim Your Game reveals that the new version of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection contains SecuROM, the notorious DRM. But the worst part is the fact that, while EA was giving away the game for free (because it is ending support for it) to anyone with an Origin account, it didn't bother telling anyone that the game contained this DRM scheme.
Oddworld Inhabitants co-founder Lorne Lanning explained why he left the video games industry in 2005 to focus on creating animated films and shorts, and what lured him back into the business of making games this year. The biggest reason that Lanning waited so long? According to this interview, he was basically waiting for the rights to his games to revert back to his company.
Valve has updated the official FAQ for Early Access releases on Steam, now noting that games purchased by consumers within this program "may never be finished." The new warning from Valve in the Steam Early Access, is an answer to the question, "When will these games release?" The answer, according to Valve's update: