GameStop plans to start streaming games to tablets

GameStop plans to start streaming games to tablets

Summary: GameStop is about to expand its digital presence with the announcement that the gaming retailer will start streaming content to tablets.

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GameStop is about to expand its digital presence with the announcement that the gaming retailer will start streaming content to tablets.

GameStop recently acquired Spawn Labs, picking up its streaming technology in the process. Furthermore, GameStop's digital sales have grown astronomically (at least in comparison to physical sales) over the last year.

Thus, this news isn't a exactly a surprise, but rather an intriguing development. It only makes sense that GameStop would push getting games onto tablets (and other devices, likely smartphones), the new frontier of online and app-based gaming. Additionally, it looks like these games will be accessible using a cloud, thus games will (hopefully) be able to be accessed and continued from the same spot across multiple devices using the same account.

However, there are some catches: a subscription fee could be required along with limiting streaming access to accounts tethered to a GameStop's rewards points system. However, demos and trial periods are possibilites.

Would you be interested in streaming games to a tablet from GameStop, even with a subscription fee?

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  • RE: GameStop plans to start streaming games to tablets

    not if it costs me money for a subscription. I don;t play subscription based MMOs because I'm getting charged to play the game I already paid for, I sure as hell am not going to pay to access a game i just bought because I need to have a subscription to do it. That's like buying a game (dvd) from a store and every time you want to play it, you have to rent it fromt he store. That's BS
    KBot
    • RE: GameStop plans to start streaming games to tablets

      @KBot If it's subscription based I doubt you'll be paying per game as well. There are other services where you pay a monthly fee and then stream all the games you want.
      Greenman76
    • RE: GameStop plans to start streaming games to tablets

      @KBot
      I agree!! Sensless and non-sense to pay to play once the game is purchased.
      jet1959mo@...
  • It is all about what works for you

    I may or may not use this service. Without more details, it is impossible to say. How many games, how much money, which devices, etc.

    @KBot. You only paid for part of the game when you bought the box. You pay for the rest with your subscription. I understand you don't like that idea. What about the idea of paying monthly to use a cellphone you already bought? That might be a better analogy than the DVD model you mentioned.
    rdowdy@...
  • I'm going to burst this bubble

    Game Stop sells digital downloads but, after contacting them several times over problems paying/recieving them, I found out they do not handle the digital downloads. It is passed off to Trymedia which the only way to contact them if there is a problem, is through email. No phone support unless requested through the 48-72 hrs it takes for them to reply. As for streaming games, I am sure it will be the same.
    I contacted Game Stop and sent an email, I will no longer purchase any games from them. Hard copy or digital.
    jet1959mo@...
  • RE: GameStop plans to start streaming games to tablets

    So it will be intersting if Tablet's because of their limited storage will spur on more rental or subscription based products. So you never actually own a game? Is that really that bad? Of course it will depend on game quality and play on tablet and how much will it cost. Are we moving towards not owning anything ?
    jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
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