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Game Developer Group Warns Against Amazon Appstore

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The International Game Developers Association has posted a warning to the game development community about the Amazon Appstore’s distribution terms, detailing several unfavorable situations possible under the rules and saying, “Amazon has little incentive not to use a developer’s content as a weapon with which to capture marketshare from competing app stores.” “Amazon does not need the terms it has established for itself in order to give away a free app every day. Nor does it need the powers it has granted itself to execute a wide variety of price promotions. Other digital games platforms, such as Xbox LIVE Arcade and Steam, manage to run effective promotions very frequently without employing these terms. Amazon may further argue that its success depends on the success of its development partners, and therefore, that it would never abuse the terms of its distribution agreement. Given that Amazon can (and currently does) function perfectly well without these terms in other markets, it is unclear why game developers should take a leap of faith on Amazon’s behalf. Such leaps are rarely rewarded once a retailer achieves dominance.”

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