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Computer game devs can now sell in-game purchases on Amazon.com
Computer game devs can now sell in-game purchases on Amazon.com
January 22, 2013 | By Frank Cifaldi

January 22, 2013 | By Frank Cifaldi
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Good news for PC and web game developers with in-game purchases: you now have the option to allow your players to check out through their Amazon accounts.

The company announced Tuesday that it has expanded its existing In-App Purchasing program for Android apps to now include Mac, Windows and web games.

In addition to easing the checkout process and providing customer support and anti-fraud security, Amazon's In-App Purchasing program also puts these transactions automatically into its system, meaning the digital goods will be viewable on Amazon.com and will be recommended to new users through its recommendation algorithms.

More at the In-App Purchasing website.


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E Zachary Knight
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This is a great option for game developers. I had been wondering if I was going to be forced to use Paypal for such transactions, but now I can give players this new option.

Keith Nemitz
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Does this mean I can ship a demo of my game that unlocks to the full game through an in-game purchase? So I can sidestep Amazon's insane pricing control over apps sold through it?

Sean Monica
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Nope, does not look like it. As long as Amazon gets 30% is it? They will be happy.

Lennard Feddersen
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Does Amazon still insist on being able to price your game at any price they want?

Keith Nemitz
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Lennard, that was the last word, I've heard. Net things tend to change though...

Martyn Hughes
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30% is a huge share for payment processing...


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