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Tuesday, 19 February 2008 12:13

Amazon hopes to chill Steam with game downloads
By David Chartier | Published: February 19, 2008 - 12:01PM CT
ARS Technica

Amazon is continuing its venture into digital distribution in a big way. Between rekindling the ebook and a DRM-free MP3 store, it's clear that the 800lb. gorilla of Web retailing is looking to cut down on its stock of cardboard boxes. Now, as we mentioned in our Opposable Thumbs journal yesterday, an inconspicuous job posting reveals that Amazon is planning to spearhead the software industry's move towards digital distribution.

 

Amazon's job opening, "Software Development Engineer - Video Game and Software Downloads," can't be read in many other ways than the obvious. The company quietly opened an uninspiring Software Downloads section with nothing but tax software for now, but this job posting confirms that Amazon's sights are set much higher than helping you score a federal refund once a year. Digital distribution and SaaS (Software as a Service) are all the rage right now, exhibited in everything from online backup services to iPhone Quicken and even empty software boxes. For a while now, Valve's Steam service has been at the forefront of a major digital distribution arena, offering a desktop client for browsing, demoing, and purchasing video games from across the industry.   [Ars Technica...]  [Comments...]

 

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