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Video game stores looking at the same fate as bookshops and CD retailers

Published on Mar 16, 2013 5:54 PM
 
Video game store, Zepy Games. Some leading vendors here tell SundayLife! that they have been hit hard by easily available and low-priced games on global digital distribution platforms such as Steam and Blizzard, as well as mobile gaming apps such as Candy Crush Saga. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Bookshops and CD shops have already been hit. Are video game stores next to fall victim to the digital revolution?

Some leading vendors here tell SundayLife! that they have been hit hard by easily available and low-priced games on global digital distribution platforms such as Steam and Blizzard, as well as mobile gaming apps such as Candy Crush Saga.

For example, new editions of console games can cost $59 to $79. Steam charges a similar rate to download a new gaming title. But a few months after a game's release, it is typically bundled with other games and offered to Steam users for as low as US$39 (S$49) for 10. PC games can also be bought on Steam, often for the bargain-basement price of US$3.99.

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