GameFly plans to launch 'Netflix of games' streaming service later this year

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game rental company GameFly is making a major move into game streaming with the acquisition of streaming technology company Playcast, according to GamesBeat.

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'PlayStation Now' coming to PS3 later this month

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that its game streaming subscription service PlayStation Now will be coming to the PlayStation 3 later this month.  Sony will bring PlayStation Now to PS3 officially on May 12, and you'll be able to play "more than 100 hit PS3 games" on the PS3, PS4 and "select Sony Blu-ray players and TVs."

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UK getting PlayStation Now closed beta this spring

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has opened registrations for the closed beta of the PlayStation Now streaming service. From those registrations, SCEE will pick a small pool of PlayStation Plus subscribers in the UK to test the games on demand subscription service sometime this spring. When it starts it won't cost users anything but as time goes on pricing will be added into the mix.

"Later stages of the private beta will be used to test payment models and rental periods, which will require payment," SCEE said.

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Sony Launching PlayStation Now January 13 For Around $20 A Month

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced this morning that its game streaming rental service PlayStation Now will cost roughly $20 a month when it launches on January 13. The service will launch with "more than" 100 PS3 games that you can play without having to deal with "downloads, installs, or patches," according to Sony.

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Former Codemasters Exec Joins Redbox

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Games are an important part of video rental kiosk company Redbox, which is why the company has brought in a seasoned pro from the video games industry to spearhead efforts in that department. Redbox announced today that it has appointed former Codemasters executive Bill West as vice president of video games. West spent nine and a half years at Codemasters as general manager for the Americas and as VP of corporate strategy. Prior to working at Codemasters, West worked with Climax Group, Acclaim Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company, and The Walt Disney Company.

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PlayStation Now Open Beta Coming to PS Vita, PlayStation TV

October 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's streaming game service, PlayStation Now, will finally be available in an open beta on the PlayStation TV and the PlayStation Vita when Sony's first micro-console launches in North America on Oct. 14. The service is already available in open beta on the PS3 and PS4.

PlayStation Now offers gamers over 150 PS3 titles for rent at prices that range from $7.99 for 30 days to as much as $4.99 for four hours. That crazy pricing is subject to change based on feedback from the ongoing open beta period.

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GameFly: There Was No Synergy Between PC Games Download and Game-Rental Businesses

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that GameFly sold the digital distribution platform (Direct2Drive, which was later renamed GameFly Digital) it bought from IGN in 2011 to a company called atGames. Today Dave Hodess - the CEO of GameFly - shed a little light on why the company decided to divest itself of that business.

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GameFly Sells Off Digital Games Business to AtGames

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video games rental service GameFly has divested itself of the PC digital games platform that it bought from IGN in 2011 to AtGames. After purchasing Direct2Drive (an early competitor to Valve's Steam) from IGN in 2011, the company rebranded and relaunched the service as "GameFly Digital." The company has put up a small notice announcing the sale on its PC games portal at digital.gamefly.com.

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Sony's PlayStation Now Goes Public Beta Today

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's game rental service, PlayStation Now, will roll out in a public beta beginning today and games (100 of them will be available from 50 publishers) will be priced at $2.99 for four hours of play, $5.99 for seven days, $7.99 for 30 days, and $14.99 for 90 days.

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Redbox Driving Games Sales Through Rentals

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this [A]ListDaily report, video game and movie rental kiosk company Redbox has an incredibly high conversation rate when it comes to video game sales. The company credits this to a demographic they call "recreational gamers." Research conducted on behalf of the company through surveys finds that recreational gamers are the average age of 34-years-old, spend about six hours a week playing games, over 58 percent of this demographic have kids, and make roughly $61,000 a year.

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Sony to Roll Out PlayStation Now Beta on Select Sony TVs Next Week

June 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony will begin rolling out its PlayStation Now beta to select models of its smart TVs in the United States next week, the company announced today. Beginning June 30, owners of Sony 4K Ultra HDTV sets and select 1080p HDTVs will get access to the "Private Pilot Service."

The beta test for PlayStation Now on these select TVs will allow participants to play PlayStation 3 games on their television with no console required, though they will have to connect a DualShock 3 controller to the TV to play the streamed PS3 games.

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Game Gorilla Game-Trading Service Seeks Public Funding

April 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new game trading company called Game Gorilla wants to help you make safe trades of your games with strangers by serving as the middle man. The company is currently running an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to raise $50,000 to make the service a reality. If fully funded the company hopes to provide a service that lets users trade console games with anyone in the United States for $5 plus shipping and handling.

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Court Approves Postal Commission Remedy in GameFly Case

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has approved the Postal Commission's plan to end DVD-mailer discrimination and Netflix's favored status at the U.S. Postal Service. The decision was the result of a complaint by GameFly. The U.S. Postal Service will now equalize the postage for DVD flats and letters.

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PS Now Rental Options Spotted in PlayStation Store

March 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

There were rumors floating about last week that the PlayStation Store would offer rental options to customers as part of its Gaikai-powered streaming service for older PS3 games. It turns out that there is some truth to it.

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Blockbuster Retail Operations Shutting Down Jan. 2014

November 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Video and video game rental giant Blockbuster is not going to exist by the end of January 2014. Parent company Dish Network announced today that it will shut down its retail and by-mail rental distribution operations by early January 2014. The 300 remaining retail stores in the United States and distribution centers will also be closed.

"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," Dish CEO Joseph P. Clayton said in a statement.

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Postal Regulatory Commission Attempts to Remedy GameFly Issues

September 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While there has been a lot of back and forth on how to remedy the situation best, the Postal Regulatory Commission issued a directive today announcing that they will equalize the rates for "letter- and flat-shaped DVD mail" by reducing the price for a two-ounce First-Class flat-shaped round-trip DVD mailer to the price of a one-ounce mailer First-Class letter-shaped round-trip DVD mailer beginning on Sept. 30.

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GameFly Praises Microsoft's Change of Heart on Xbox One Policies

June 20, 2013 -

Microsoft's sea change on its Xbox One DRM policies yesterday is being celebrated by video game rental company GameFly, which described the news as a "win/win for consumers." In an interview with Joystiq, GameFly co-founder Sean Spector was pleased with the news because Microsoft left the question of being able to rent a game up in the air.

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Microsoft Dumps (Most) Bad Xbox One Policies

June 19, 2013 -

Realizing that it has lost the war on Xbox One's online requirements and its used games policies, Microsoft announced today that it is abandoning them altogether. Microsoft has changed its stance on always online and used game policies to be more like they were on Xbox 360. In a blog post explaining the changes President of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, Don Mattrick, laid out the changes.

Guest Editorial: Own v. Rent

June 11, 2013 -

Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) President Hal Halpin offers his insights on video game ownership - a topic that has caused cheers for Sony and jeers for Microsoft at E3 in Los Angeles this week.

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Redbox Opens Public Forum to Talk About Next-Gen Game Rentals

June 10, 2013 -

DVD and video game rental company Redbox has launched a website to encourage consumers to discuss Sony and Microsoft's rental policies for games on their respective next-generation consoles. Microsoft and Sony are set to host their E3 press conferences later today. Microsoft has already indicated that it will let publishers decide if used games can be used on the console, but Microsoft has not indicated how the new system will handle rentals.

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GamePop: 'Netflix for Games?'

May 9, 2013 -

Bluestacks wants its new console system, the Android-based GamePop, to be "Netflix for games." Pre-orders have launched for the device, which won't cost consumers more than a monthly commitment to sign up to its games services and to pay around $10 for shipping and handling. For a $6.99 monthly fee, customers get access to a library of over 500 Android-based games, the GamePop console, a controller, the power supply and HDMI cable.

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Redbox Gets Some Competition From Gamer Spot Shop

May 9, 2013 -

Signifi Solutions has launched a new video game vending kiosk called the 'Gamer Spot Shop' that allows consumers to rent and purchase video games, going head-to-head with other companies that provide similar services such as Redbox.

Signifi says that most retailers spend a lot of resources to sell video games, but with its kiosk solution retailers can automate the process, have better control over inventory and reduce manpower.

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Guest Editorial - OnLive Lives: What’s the Prognosis for the Cloud Gaming Giant?

April 5, 2013 - Zeke Iddon

Back when OnLive was launched in 2010, cloud gaming was seen as a leviathan rising from the deep. On paper, the concept was not only pretty watertight, but it was a strong contender to traditional gaming models (especially the console market).

Cloud gaming was going to happen. It was just a question of logistics.

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Layoffs Hit GameFly

March 1, 2013 -

GameFly, the leader in video game rentals by-mail and on-demand through PC has laid off a number of its staff today as part of a restructuring plan, Joystiq reports. In a prepared statement to Joystiq GameFly CEO Dave Hodess said that these layoffs are part of the company's business aligning itself better to existing console and digital games markets.

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Dish to Close 300 Blockbuster Stores, Cut 3,000 Jobs

January 23, 2013 -

Dish Network announced that it plans to close hundreds of Blockbuster stores in the next couple of weeks and expects to cut thousands of jobs as a result. The video and videogame rental company was bought by Dish in 2010 after the company went bankrupt. CNN Money reports that 300 stores will be closed in the United states and 3,000 jobs will be lost.

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Square Enix Launches Beta for CoreOnline

August 29, 2012 -

Square Enix announced today that it is launching a new web-based gaming service that will allow consumers to play console quality, high definition games in their browser. The service is called CoreOnline, and will feature a micro transaction-based system.

The first titles released are Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas, with other games such as Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and others to follow at a later date to be determined.

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Redbox Instant Revealed

July 24, 2012 -

Five months ago kiosk video game and movie rental company Redbox announced a deal with Verizon to create a service to compete with Netflix. Today we learn a little bit more about the service via a freshly launched website. The name of the new service is "Redbox Instant by Verizon," and it will be headed by Shawn Strickland, who served as an executive for Verizon’s FiOS Pay TV service.

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NPD: An Estimated $525 Million Spent on Used Games, Rentals in Q1 2012

July 2, 2012 -

According to a new report (Q1 2012 Games Market Dynamics: U.S.) from research firm NPD Group, estimated total consumer spending on used and rental game content in the first quarter of 2012 reached $525 million, and content in digital format (full game and add-on content downloads, subscriptions, mobile games and social network games) generated $1.38 billion. This is in addition to the $1.5 billion spent in the U.S. by consumers on new physical video and PC game software.

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An Infographic on Redbox Video game Rental Statistics

June 21, 2012 -

VentureBeat offers an exclusive infographic it put together based on data given to the publication by video rental kiosk leader Redbox. The data in question relates to video game rentals, a market that the company owned by Coinstar decided to jump into last year (if you want to see what games Redbox offers, check out the Games Section of its web site).

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Blockbuster UK Reveals VIP Gamer Reward Program

May 8, 2012 -

Blockbuster UK has launched a rewards program specifically for gamers called "Blockbuster VIP Gamer" and just by signing up members receive 2,500 points. The idea of the program is to earn these points that can then be used for a variety of perks including discounts on purchases, free rentals, free software, and - if you can amass a large amount of points - free hardware.

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Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameYou know andrew, those are actualy rock solid ideas, I woudl like those features a bunch ,especially with games that a cut scene heavly. looking at you kojima!07/03/2015 - 1:18am
Andrew EisenActually, "things I'd like to see become standard in video games" ain't a bad idea for one of my future YouTube videos.07/03/2015 - 1:05am
 

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