Rumor: GameStop to Sell Steam Vouchers

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Rumor: GameStop to Sell Steam Vouchers

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GameStop has finally given in to Valve's digital market dominance.

As reported by Kotaku, a source inside GameStop claims that the retail chain will start selling Steam vouchers on May 15th. Also, it's apparently "kind of a sensitive issue," so don't laugh or anything.

The vouchers themselves seem no different from the virtual currency cards offered for Xbox Live, PSN, etc. But there is one key difference. GameStop isn't in direct competition with PSN or Xbox Live. It is in direct competition with Steam.

GameStop made a spirited attempt to break into the digital distribution business back in July, 2011, when it bought out Stardock's Impulse distribution system. Impulse was never that big of a player, however, and even combined with GameStop's existing online store, the service has failed to make a dent in the market.

The vouchers, if they're not a hoax, seem to indicate that rather than taking a slice out of Steam's pie, GameStop seems intent to just nibble the crust a little bit, and maybe steal the cherry.

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Interesting, but I'm more content to connect my bank account directly to Valve, so my money can be siphoned directly instead of this driving to a store business.

sounds good instead of trying to steal the money they'll just skim a bit off the top

That's actually pretty cool. I have some friends who can't buy games on steam due to the simple fact they don't have credit cards. (their reasons vary) If this turns out to be true they can finally join in the fun outside of their f2p games library.

Now all that needs to happen is EA and Valve to make friends and everything would be right with the world. As much as some people dislike the idea one a single company having market dominance, I would only be worried if that company was a public/shareholder based company. Since Valves private, and based on well..how they have done everything so far, it would be absolutely amazing to have that sort of diversity and spread.

After a certain fiasco I had with my parents, a Visa card, and a whole lotta Steam sales, I'd be a happy camper if this turns out to be true.

I hope this is true and it becomes a world wide thing but it seems a bit fishy to me. We haven't heard anything about this before except Reddit suddenly exploding with posts talking about how this would be a great idea in the past week or so. Loads of people have mocked up their own versions on there. Also, why does it say Kotaku on that thing?

Doom-Slayer:
Now all that needs to happen is EA and Valve to make friends and everything would be right with the world. As much as some people dislike the idea one a single company having market dominance, I would only be worried if that company was a public/shareholder based company. Since Valves private, and based on well..how they have done everything so far, it would be absolutely amazing to have that sort of diversity and spread.

you have to remember though valve has always had to remain competitive to retail so people don't jump ship back again but when retail goes would it still be the same if they had no competitors.

WHY wasnt this done sooner? seems like a no brainer

up untill recently I had no access to anything online..know how frustrating that is?

Great news for those who don't have credit cards or PayPal or any of the other payment services Steam offers. Still I am willing to bet that there's a lot who doesn't feel like leaving their house in order to get a game through digital distribution. Some of us rather stay home and not meet anyone...

Now if GameStop could arrange Steam to get hacked and have credit card information compromised then this would turn into a huge success in no time.

Why don't people own debit cards? I've had one for years now, so unless we're talking super-young gamers here, what's the big deal?

If this turns out to be true it will be pretty awesome. I must admit I am surprised Steam hasn't made cash cards yet.

TheBobmus:
Why don't people own debit cards? I've had one for years now, so unless we're talking super-young gamers here, what's the big deal?

People don't own debit cards because they are "super-young gamers" (under 18)

And most gamers are teens so I think this would help a lot of people who have no other way of getting money on steam.

Fredrikorex:

TheBobmus:
Why don't people own debit cards? I've had one for years now, so unless we're talking super-young gamers here, what's the big deal?

People don't own debit cards because they are "super-young gamers" (under 18)

And most gamers are teens so I think this would help a lot of people who have no other way of getting money on steam.

Had a debit card for several years - only 18 myself...
Again why I question this, as you can get one from around the age of 11.

TheBobmus:

Fredrikorex:

TheBobmus:
Why don't people own debit cards? I've had one for years now, so unless we're talking super-young gamers here, what's the big deal?

People don't own debit cards because they are "super-young gamers" (under 18)

And most gamers are teens so I think this would help a lot of people who have no other way of getting money on steam.

Had a debit card for several years - only 18 myself...
Again why I question this, as you can get one from around the age of 11.

Not where I live my friend, not where I live :(

Fredrikorex:

TheBobmus:

Fredrikorex:

People don't own debit cards because they are "super-young gamers" (under 18)

And most gamers are teens so I think this would help a lot of people who have no other way of getting money on steam.

Had a debit card for several years - only 18 myself...
Again why I question this, as you can get one from around the age of 11.

Not where I live my friend, not where I live :(

Hey you live in Sweden according to your profile? You can get one from age 6!
'School Card is a bankcard for children aged 6 to 12. It is affordable, secure and comes with a limit determined by you.' - Swedebank

TheBobmus:
Hey you live in Sweden according to your profile? You can get one from age 6!
'School Card is a bankcard for children aged 6 to 12. It is affordable, secure and comes with a limit determined by you.' - Swedebank

That's a bankcard not a debit card, it doesn't work with steam and other online payments.

That's what I think anyway, it would seem stupid to let a six year old kid buy stuff online.

Fredrikorex:

TheBobmus:
Hey you live in Sweden according to your profile? You can get one from age 6!
'School Card is a bankcard for children aged 6 to 12. It is affordable, secure and comes with a limit determined by you.' - Swedebank

That's a bankcard not a debit card, it doesn't work with steam and other online payments.

That's what I think anyway, it would seem stupid to let a six year old kid buy stuff online.

The picture next to it comes with a credit chip and what looks like a VISA logo. But yeah, younger than 12 seems dumb to me - hence my reference to 'super-young gamers'.

Please be real, please be real, etc. Me and a friend were dicussing this earlier today. Steam should prepare itself for lots more money coming in.

To be fair to impulse, I just checked it out and it's not really that bad. Origin has crud all games and not decently priced at that, Impulse had a selection and just browsing I nearly picked up King Arthur 2, From Dust and a ridiculously good Napoleon/Empire bundle.

Even the interface is better...

but Steam is still the best. It's hard, I don't want Steam to win outright but they're the only people playing at the moment

That would be pretty nifty, as presents to friends so I can just buy them a voucher instead of trying to think of a game on steam they want.

Do hope it's available here though on my local gamestop, cause Riot point cards are not available in my local gamestop. :p

TheBobmus:
Why don't people own debit cards? I've had one for years now, so unless we're talking super-young gamers here, what's the big deal?

Like you said it benefits younger. Anyone under 16 cannot have a debit card in my country as far I know meaning using steam to buy games can be problematic.

TheBobmus:
Why don't people own debit cards? I've had one for years now, so unless we're talking super-young gamers here, what's the big deal?

I dislike placing my financial information online. It's just convenient. There's a GameStop right across the street from where I work, so this could work out nicely.

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GameStop does what they can, because they MUST

Really hate Gamestop. After they put the wrong game in the case, I lost my shit. Maybe because it was not even close to what I wanted. Put a random Xbox game into a Playstation 3 case. Alright so Dead Space turned into Resident Evil 5. Really didn't help that they gave me the right copy this time, except it was scratched to all shit. Didn't even know what to say as I looked at the game in the sunlight outside of the store. Of course they have the balls to take used games and sell them for 55$. So many people I have talked have also had bad experiences with them.

Here is a better Gamestop commercial.

Pre-order this stupid game and get the nobody gives a shit gun for free.

Gamestop, power to the suckers.

LoL, Gamestop put itself in direct competition with Steam by massively reducing their stock of PC games, not by startting a digital download service. I have friends till this day who prefer to buy a boxed PC game, but Gamestop basically quit selling them. I guess it's because they couldn't take trade ins on them. Now, all my friends just go through Amazon for boxed games. So they are kind of more in competition with Amazon from that perspective since Amazon sells everything they do, at usually better prices.

Also, the idea that their service is competitive with Steam... well that is only true in the absolute strictest sense of the word. In the not so strict sense they would have had to take market share from Steam, which they never did. Or at least be in danger of taking market share from Steam, which they never were.

Sweet. I wouldn't mind this at all. I'm still trying to get into pc gaming, so I think this would really help. I don't know when I'll have a debit card, so these would be super convenient.

TheBobmus:
Why don't people own debit cards? I've had one for years now, so unless we're talking super-young gamers here, what's the big deal?

Few people I know, students, don't have one because they live on a tight budget and using a debit card can make it hard to keep track of/keep a lid on their spending. Which creates a dilemma, they don't want a debit card so they can control their spending but any money they do get for games would go further on steam.

Retail gift cards that add to your steam wallet sound like a great idea. If this is for real I'll have to let my family know that this is a gift option that I would welcome.

Can't we just let retail stores die already? Nothing but money-hungry middlemen, bent on scrapping as much money as humanly possible from you without actually performing a service.

You can buy cards that are pre-loaded with money from every post-office and they can be used like a debit/credit card online or in any store in the country.

Basically... this is useless.

Grey Day for Elcia:
You can buy cards that are pre-loaded with money from every post-office and they can be used like a debit/credit card online or in any store in the country.

Basically... this is useless.

It doesn't work that way in every country, every nation does not follow the same set of rules on this sort of thing despite what the EU might like you to believe.

Zipa:

Grey Day for Elcia:
You can buy cards that are pre-loaded with money from every post-office and they can be used like a debit/credit card online or in any store in the country.

Basically... this is useless.

It doesn't work that way in every country, every nation does not follow the same set of rules on this sort of thing despite what the EU might like you to believe.

Europe? Pfft. They can't even work out how best to stave off international bankruptcy. But more seriously: I was under the impression England, Australia (my home), New Zealand and the U.S. all had this quasi-debit card type deal. I would think those countries represent the bulk of Escapist members.

If this turns out to be true, I will be one happy Canadian. Stupid insular debit system...

Grey Day for Elcia:

Zipa:

Grey Day for Elcia:
You can buy cards that are pre-loaded with money from every post-office and they can be used like a debit/credit card online or in any store in the country.

Basically... this is useless.

It doesn't work that way in every country, every nation does not follow the same set of rules on this sort of thing despite what the EU might like you to believe.

Europe? Pfft. They can't even work out how best to stave off international bankruptcy. But more seriously: I was under the impression England, Australia (my home), New Zealand and the U.S. all had this quasi-debit card type deal. I would think those countries represent the bulk of Escapist members.

Yeah the EU is retarded, its run by a bunch of morons who are seemingly oblivious to the actual problems of the world while they pass stupid laws about the length of power cables for kettles and such.

And yeah England has the post office thing but I don't know about the states, even if they all did there is still the usefulness of the vouchers as gifts for birthdays and xmas and such. Its far easier to tell someone like my mother for example to get my a Steam voucher for such a holiday than try to explain to them about pre paid CCs ect since she struggles with modern technology.

Same deal with apple and pre paid iTunes vouchers.

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