GameStop to begin offering digital PC game pre-orders in-store starting with new Deus Ex

GameStop announced yesterday that it would begin offering digital PC games from its retail locations. This makes them more than just another competitor for services like Steam, GamersGate, and Direct2Drive because GameStop's position as a retailer gives them the chance to apply trade-in value of physical games towards digital distribution credit, which is something no other game seller (digital or brick and mortar) can do.

The PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, due out Aug 23, will be the first game sold by GameStop through digital distribution, and to offer a little extra incentive for customers. Anyone who pre-orders the PC version of Human Revolution will also receive digital copies of the original Deus Ex and its sequel, Invisible War. We knew GameStop would be moving into digital distribution back in March, when we reported the acquisition of the online retailer Impulse, and expect to see many more games offered digitally through the store in the future.

According to, gift cards, gift certificates, and credit stored on Edge cards can't be used for payment on downloads, but they “anticipate that these payment options will be made available.”

Jul 29, 2011

Source: 1up


  • Jdub9064 - August 1, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    I at least like that Gamestop is adding more options, which is always a good thing
  • Elitepwnsface - July 31, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    Sorry, Steam all the way baby. Gamestop sure knows how to get into the cash piles though.
  • ElGuybrush - July 30, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    why would I do this? that's all I've got to ask. I mean, I actually like hard copies of games, lord knows a decade from know when steam goes belly up we'll all be cursing ourselves for not having "real" versions of our games. or what, did you think Steam was going to last forever? no, it'll die at some point, and when it does all those games you bought will disappear into thin air.
  • kamykaze - July 30, 2011 7:19 a.m.

    While GS offers digital through Impulse, the service so far is very poor. I was searching their forums, to see if they accept gamestop credit towards Impulse purchases during their Daily Deals specials, and ran across quite a few complaints about how they couldnt download their games, or how it had been days and they had not heard back from support. All in all not impressive so far. And (I have not checked back mind you) to top it all off you cannot (aain as of then) use your gamestop credit to buy digital from impulse.
  • Soloman - July 30, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    Impulse offers the same deals as Steam who offer the same deals as Gamersgate. The publishers set the sale price, not Valve. Last week Impulse was having a summer sale and surprise, surprise they had the same numbers of Steam. You just don't hear about it because Valve gets all the attention. Steam offers the same non-sale prices as other digital retailers and you can always get the retail PC versions cheaper due to the nature of retail. The only time people actually talk about Steam are their sales, which are often quarterly (4 times a year). Inbetween their sales you can find better deals on other websites. Shop around and stop talking up Steam as if it's the be all end all for digital distribution. Does no one find it odd Gamestop is pushing their digital service when it makes them no revenue in trades? It's because Gamestop doesn't make the entirety of their profit off used sales. Based on their earnings last fiscal year, over 50% of their profit came from digital sales (including DLC) and new retail sales. People need to do some research before spewing bile.
  • hester2 - July 30, 2011 1:31 a.m.

    @db1331 The service Gamestop bought, Impulse, is actually pretty good. I got the entire Sins of a Solar Empire package from them for $8 a couple months back. Impulse, GamersGate, and GOG are the only services I like to use outside of Steam. Amazon will occasionally have good deals, but those are mainly of the "buy this new, get so many dollars off another game purchase" variety.
  • db1331 - July 30, 2011 12:59 a.m.

    Funny how everyone is climbing on the PC bandwagon after Valve showed off that massive earnings report awhile back. First EA tries to take a slice with Origin, and now Gamestop, who haven't kept an even remotely servicable PC selection in stock, is offering digital PC games. D0CCON hit it right on the head. Unless it's a multiplayer game that my friends will be bored of in a few months, or an absolute must-have like Skyrim, I will wait for a game to hit $10-$15 in a Steam Sale.
  • keltar93 - July 30, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    Although I do love Steam, this is a really impressive deal for preorder. Both Deus Ex games for preordering the third? That's a damn good deal
  • hester2 - July 30, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    @D0CCON No kidding. After the summer camp sale, I have a good two years' worth of backlog to keep me busy.
  • D0CCON - July 29, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    Not even trade in credit can beat a few months of patience and a massive Steam deal.
  • lilspooky - July 29, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    I dont see my self buying anything digital from gamestop. They wont match the sales and deals that steam or direct 2 drive offers. Prove me wrong gamestop. I urge all gamers to keep your games, dont trade them in for pennys, just so gamestop can sell them at a huge markup. Side note, I was in my local gamestop on Powell street and saw star trek online for $60! Though i have no interest in that game, i know its selling for $14 digital everywhere else. If you cant keep up gamestop, just stop.

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