Dev wrote on Feb 21, 2012, 10:31:
Beamer wrote on Feb 21, 2012, 09:46:Did you notice that gamestop bought out impulse? They already have their own download delivery platform now.
Who would want it, anyway? GameStop? Best Buy? That's about it, and neither is too eager to get into this area just yet as it will erode their (already dying) core business. They're interested, in the way Blockbuster should have been interested in Netflix, but nowhere near interested enough to pay the enormous price tag.
I actually tried it out last week, to see if I could access my old purchased impulse games like GalCiv. I was able to access them all. Also to my surprise, I had a token I didn't spend back in the day for stardock, so gamestop gave me $7 credit for it. I was impressed that they did that, I would have expected gamestop to just say "screw it" and not credit any previous customers of stardock with gamestop credit. I picked up a cheap indie type game from gamestop with that credit.
So far (now that I've tried both), I've been more impressed with gamestop's purchase of impulse, than EA's attempt at origin.
Yup, they bought out Impulse
1) How much did Impluse cost? Not much. Probably not even 5% what Steam would.
2) How much have they invested in Impulse? Not much. Do you even hear about it anymore?
So GameStop is interested in playing around in what will ultimately put them out of business, but they are not interested in buying Steam. At this point I'm not convinced they have the capital required to buy Steam.