BT Games Launches Digital Store That Could Rival Steam
Well, not Valve internationally, but the recently, and quietly, launched online retail portal belonging to massive local game retailers BT Games could provide a cheaper way for PC gamers to get their goods digitally.
BT Games launched the website without a peep yesterday, explaining to media that an official press release will come later this month. A small blurb form the website explains the service in short.
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You are now able to purchase via download a wide variety of PC and Mac games, expansion packs and DLC offerings on our website. Instead of having to collect your game from a store or waiting for it to be couriered to you, you are now able to download it directly to your PC immediately after payment has been confirmed.
The website also confirms something rather odd, stating that customers will not be able to download their titles outside of South Africa. However, some games will utilise digital distribution services such as Steam, Origin and UPlay, so I’m guessing the ones not using those or any other international service will be subject to that rule. Pity for those who were aiming to download from abroad, although I suspect that’s a really low number of people.
The exciting news is that early prices for the limited catalogue (it’s growing, don’t worry) show some promise. In fact, a lot of the DLC and specials on offer rival prices seen on Steam, with our crap exchange rate helping the matter even more. Whether BT Games will adjust their prices to compete with other digital distribution services is yet to be seen, but it would be rather short-sighted if they didn’t.
But it’s a step forward for gaming retail locally, and hopefully this service will grow into something that benefits us as consumers. Who knows, we could see console games on there too quite soon.