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  • New Community Site Will Inform and Connect Gamers

    GameStreamer strongly believes in the power of community, especially in the gaming industry. We’ve been active in social media in an effort to connect to gamers on a more personal level, and now we’re excited to announce a new project that takes the initiative further. Up and running in the next few weeks, our new community site will feature a blog and game reviews by our staff, as well as by guest posters. The site will also contain a news section for press releases and bulletins. We anticipate some overlap with our corporate site, but much of the community site will serve up fresh content.

     

    People will be able to access the new site via our flagship game stores, as well as our game store partners’ stores. The site was designed with minimal branding to complement game store partners’ stores as much as possible. Because the community site is as much our partners’ sites as ours, we encourage game store partners and publishers to contribute ideas and posts for the blog and to submit relevant news releases for inclusion in the news section. Game store partners can opt out of linking to the site from their stores and replace the link to their own blogs or news pages.

     

    Site visitors can participate by commenting on blog posts and reviews. Comments will be approved by GameStreamer before being published.

     

    If you have any questions about or suggestions for the community site, contact us at info@gamestreamer.net or add your comment to this blog post.

     

    Watch this space for the community site’s launch date.

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  • Game Store Partner Profile: Digital Download Game World

    This is the second post in a new series of profiles of GameStreamer game store partners.

     

    A recent GameStreamer game store partner, Digital Download Game World Inc. was created in 2008 as a group of like-minded video game enthusiasts, developers and retailers to observe and report on the growth of the digital distribution sector of the video game industry. Marketed globally, the website sees the majority of its traffic coming, in order of volume, from the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K.

     

    Digital Download Game World 

     

    Digital Download Game World likes to work directly with indie game developers to show the world that digital distribution is allowing for great game design concepts from even the smallest of studios to make it in this competitive marketplace.

     

    The site also communicates with developers, retailers and readers about the continual growth and change in the digital distribution sector of the video game industry.

     

    We wanted to get to know DD Game World even better, so we asked CEO Dan Awadalla to tell us more about his site and his gaming habits.

     

    GameStreamer: What are your goals with DD Game World? Future plans or news?

     

    Dan Awadalla: With significant growth since we started with our small forum site a few years ago, we have discovered that this new branch of the video game industry is filled with opportunity and pitfalls. At Digital Download Game World Inc., we are discovering our niche in consultation, design and industry reporting.  

     

    In the near future, we will continue to provide indie developers with the advice they need to succeed and will continue to select and report our favorite stories from this exciting industry. Don't be surprised to see some of our own titles launching in the mobile arena, as well. 

     

    GS: Your site is known for its Toronto-area events. Do you have any coming up? What has been your favorite event?

    DA: The Toronto geek and gaming scene is as good as it gets anywhere, and we are lucky to have so many friends who are very active in keeping it that way.  I would have to say FanExpo and GamerCamp are two of my favorite events. Microsoft Canada and Sony Entertainment Canada are both well known for their great Toronto-based preview and launch parties.

     

    GS: What’s your favorite video game or franchise?

    DA: Personally, I have been playing video games since 1976, my first game, of course, being the ATARI PONG home console. So I always find this question difficult. My fondest memory is playing Kareteka on the Commodore 64 and Karate Champ in the Arcade. More recently, my favorite franchises seem to come from Ubisoft Montreal and include Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell as both still have the capability to produce immersive single-player experiences in a continually saturated market. For multiplayer gaming, it's gotta be a shooter. I prefer the Call of Duty and Battlefield series depending on my mood.

     

    GS: If you could have a superpower for one day, what would it be?

    DA: Without a doubt, Time Shifting. I'd start my day in a coin-op arcade and end it on a HoloDeck!  

     

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  • Game Store Partner Profile: Rock the LAN

    This is the first post in a new series of profiles of GameStreamer partner game stores.

     

    What started two years ago as a local gaming tournament site has evolved into a full-fledged resource for geeks and gamers alike. Rock The LAN’s mission now is to create a hub for writers who have their own blogs, or small business crafts people or artists where they could come and have small marketing support and get the views that they deserved so that the Internet could be fun for them again. RTL covers games/tech, movies and comic books and sells geekified T-shirts and comic books. The site also has its own GameStreamer-powered game store.

     

      

     

    To get to know RTL better, we asked founder Justin Hurst about his website and his personal experiences as a gamer.

     

    GameStreamer: What are your goals for the site?

    Justin Hurst: The main goal is just to keep up the growth. We have so many fun and exciting things planned for this year that we just can’t wait to see the reactions. With over 3 million views a month now, we have a lot of impressing to do and I don’t think that we are going to disappoint.

     

    GS: What was the first video game you remember playing?

    JH: The first video game I remember playing would be the Pong console, with the tethered controllers, but the first video game that really captured my imagination was Pit Fall on the Atari 2600, I just couldn’t get enough of that game (until the NES, of course).

     

    GS: What’s your favorite shirt in your online store?

    JH: I think my favorite shirt thus far has got to be Blur’s shirt from Smallville. I have such a weak spot for that show and its fans.

     

    GS: If you could time travel, what era/time period, past or future, would you want to visit?

    JH: I’m really not a time-traveling guy. I enjoy living in the here and now and doing whatever I can to make these moments rock. That is not to say that if The Doctor [Doctor Who] were to offer a ride in the Tardis that I wouldn’t comply.

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  • Synergy: Publishers and Game Store Partners Working Together

    Our publishers and game store partners have one very important goal in common: to sell games. Working together, both parties can make this happen more quickly and successfully.

     

    Exclusive promotions or discounts: Game store partners, you can request exclusive discounts from our publisher partners. We encourage this co-marketing and will facilitate the introductions. Just let us know what game and what distribution (regional, worldwide) requested.

     

    Real-life example: Just this week, game store partner Gamer Reaction teamed up with publisher FRONTLINE Studios to promote the game Gene Labs and its contest. Gamer Reaction is able to sell Gene Labs at an exclusive discount in exchange for talking up the game in a podcast and other promotional methods.

     

    Contests: Publishers, promote new and older titles by coordinating giveaways (free games, merchandise) with game store partners. Game store partners, choose winners by hosting trivia contests, scavenger hunts, competitions or other challenges. Get creative.


    Interviews: Game store partners, do you have a gaming-related site? Even if you don’t, why not interview one of our publishers for your site blog or news section? You will benefit by promoting your game store, and publishers will benefit by promoting their games.

     

    What are your ideas for synergistic relationships between publishers and game store partners? Share them with us and let’s make things happen.

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  • New GameStreamer Game Stores

    A big welcome to our newest game store partners, Gamer Reaction and Digital Download Game World! Their game stores are branded to their sites and contain the same games that GameStreamer carries on our stores, GameStreamer.com and PCGameStore.com.

     

    Gamer Reaction is a popular gaming news site that features podcasts and articles for the “common gamer.” Marketed worldwide, Digital Download Game World covers news about the growth of the digital distribution sector of the video game industry.

     

    For both sites, a game store is a perfect fit with their audiences.

     

    “At Gamer Reaction, we are constantly talking about all the games we are playing or looking forward to or remember from years ago,” says Dianna Lora, Gamer Reaction Producer. “A GameStreamer game store seemed like the obvious choice to us. We tell people about games, and then they don't even have to leave our website to get them. Gamer Reaction tosses the ball up, GameStreamer dunks it.”

     

    Daniel Awadalla, CEO of Digital Download Game World, says, “As digital download game sales continue to grow worldwide, we can’t be anything but excited about an opportunity to enter into a partnership such as this. We found the staff at Game Streamer Inc. to be highly motivated and professional and the integration of the store with our current site could not have gone more smoothly.” 

     

    Game store partners have full administrative control over their stores, including which games to sell and which ones to feature. Templated game stores cost partners nothing, and they receive a cut of their stores’ revenue. Fully customized stores require a fee. Game store partners are responsible for marketing their own stores, but GameStreamer does offer a few free tools. Partners can create banner ads to promote games on their websites. Also, GameStreamer creates a customized, weekly newsletter featuring new games and specials that partners can send to their users.

     

    If you are interested in adding a game store to your site, contact us at info@gamestreamer.net.

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