Amazon Announces New Free-to-Play Games and Services with Game Connect
Amazon has jumped on the bandwagon to provide free-to-play games through its website with Game Connect. The service provides an option to download and play a number of free-to-play games such as World of Tanks, Battlestar Galactica Online, Aika, Allods Online and many more.
Players that choose to link Game Connect to their accounts can receive exclusive items for select games and also use the service to purchase their in-game goods that will be added right to the game without the need to add a code.
Amazon Introduces Game Connect, Adding New Digital Game Selection and Direct Delivery of Virtual Content to CustomersÂ Game Accounts
Customers can now discover an entirely new selection of free-to-play and Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games on Amazon, including Battlestar Galactica, World of Tanks, Pandora Saga, Stronghold Kingdoms and Super Monday Night Combat
Game Connect helps game developers reach more customers and sell more virtual goods and subscriptions
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 12, 2012-- (NASDAQ: AMZN) Â Amazon.com, Inc. today announced Game Connect, enabling customers to discover a new category of free-to-play and MMO digital games that marry the ease and security of shopping on Amazon with the convenience of having virtual goods delivered directly to their game accounts. Game Connect is fast and easy for developers to integrate and helps them sell more content by simplifying the purchase process for customers. Developers can start integrating Game Connect today by visiting www.amazon.com/gameconnect/developers.
Customers will find a growing selection of popular free-to-play games such as World of Tanks, Spark City, Stronghold Kingdoms, Pandora Saga and Super Monday Night Combat at www.amazon.com/free2play. In addition, customers who use Game Connect to link their accounts to some of these games will unlock exclusive in-game content. To see a list of all the exclusive offerings, visit www.amazon.com/free2play/exclusives.
Customers who do not yet have game accounts can create them right from the Amazon product pages. The customerÂs game account will then be linked to their Amazon account so any subscriptions and virtual goods purchased are sent directly into the game without copy and pasting a code.
ÂCustomers can now discover a new category of free-to-play games and can experience the convenience of having virtual items purchased with their Amazon account delivered directly to their game accounts,Â says Mike Frazzini, director, Amazon Games. ÂGame Connect helps game developers reach more customers, move more quickly and grow their business by simplifying the purchase process for customers. This is an exciting next step for the Digital Games Store and we have even more to come.Â
ÂUber Entertainment is very excited to be both a part of the new Amazon Digital Games Store and participating in the Game Connect program,Â said John Comes, Creative Director at Uber Entertainment. ÂThe program is great because it enables us to deliver even more value to all our players, at the same time giving us a great wayÂ to drive additional revenue from our gamesÂsomething we are very excited about.Â
ÂWe have been impressed by the ease of integrating Game Connect into our games,Â said Simon Bradbury, Designer and Co-Founder of Firefly Studios. ÂWe believe this mass market platform will be perfect for the continuing growth of Stronghold Kingdoms and we expect to see a growth in our customer base all over the world.Â
"We think that Game Connect is a fantastic new program that directly benefits our TERA fans and we are very excited to be involved as we continue to build out and expand our offerings,Â said Chris Lee, Vice President of Publishing at En Masse Entertainment.
About Digital Games Store
The Amazon Digital Games store launched in October 2010 and offers customers more than 3,000 games including free-to-play and massively multiplayer online games.
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