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Gameloft Opens Arms to Amazon Appstore for HD Game Distribution

Gameloft CEO Michel Guillemot said recently in an interview that they plan to embrace the new Amazon Appstore rather than the official Android Market, and will use it as an outlet to release their suite of HD mobile games.  In the past, Gameloft has chosen to sell games on their own, basically showing that they don’t trust the official market with the amount of piracy that takes place.  Clearly they feel like Amazon will protect their apps much better…

Gameloft Chief Executive Michel Guillemot said Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, where consumers are comfortable using their credit cards to pay for everything from toasters to online movies, provides the perfect platform for mobile games.

“The Amazon ecosystem is controlled where we don’t find too many pirated version of our games or malware games, so for the consumers, it will be a safer place to come and get applications,” Guillemot said in an interview.

It’s at least a step in the right direction.  Amazon’s Appstore appears to at least work, so this should provide a lot less frustration to those that have had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with Gameloft’s purchasing process.  We’re still not sure if they’ll force you to re-buy games for each of your phones or not, but we’re thinking they will.  I was able to download Angry Birds Rio to multiple devices without paying though, and it’s technically a paid app.  I guess we’ll soon find out.

Via:  Reuters, Droid Gamers

  • http://www.claro.com.hn/Movil.aspx Celulares De Honduras

    Amazon Appstore is a new option for android apps, right?, good to know.

  • Anonymous

    this is good news, but I’m still gonna hold out until one of the games is a “free paid app of the day” before I spend my money on the blackhole that is gameloft…

  • http://twitter.com/d1m1m1 David M

    So if the Android market gets serious about pirating then there will be Gameloft games on it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Piotr-Laskowski/100001203033316 Piotr Laskowski

    If someone hasn’t tried yet go for Assassin’s Creed HD, it’s awsome.

  • http://twitter.com/mnguyea David Nguyen

    I tried one of their games awhile ago for on my N1 and that was a waste of $4.99. The game was buggy, fc and no support or refund. I never went back to any of their game and don’t miss it. As for the Amazon market, I don’t believe it helps Android in the long run with developers scattered all over between two markets and Verizon, At&t and Sprint will want their ‘own’ market which actually Verizon all does.

    It only further confuses the general users and makes it extremely unfriendly….which is where the appeal of Apple with one Market abet locked but it works. I will for now continue the download only from the Market which is the official store. Maybe the good will be to light a fire under Google to improve the Market even more.

  • Anonymous

    I re downloaded Let’s Golf on my Tbolt and it charged me again, what crap!

  • http://profiles.google.com/huelsebu Erik Huelsebusch

    How do Amazon Appstore apps work with Titanium Backup and the likes?

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Amazon App Store DRM is bound to Amazon account, not the device itself.

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    Competition is going to be a real game changer in the world of Android apps.

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    ‘Bout damn time, too!

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I already like the Amazon Appstore. But to get Gameloft onboard? Mind = Blown. This is impressive.

    Also, Shazam Encore for free = YESSS, even though I had an unlimited Shazam app backed up in Titanium. Still, YESSS.

    • Mr.Joe

      I KNOW! I was so ticked when they did what they did. 5 songs a month for free. WTF?

      • Rayman411vm

        Sound hound

        • Mr.Joe

          I don’t like SoundHound. Never did good for me. I went over to verizons.

      • Rayman411vm

        Sound hound

    • Mr.Joe

      I KNOW! I was so ticked when they did what they did. 5 songs a month for free. WTF?

    • Nader

      + Doodle Jump + Rio

  • Anonymous

    and angry birds ad free

  • Richard

    bunch of crap in my book becasue if u uninstall the app store u lose game play just like angry birds

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    I’m all for the Amazon Appstore, but if they try to make me pay multiple times for the same app just to put it on all my Android devices, I won’t use it. Once I pay for it, it should be mine.

    • Mr.Joe

      If you have an amazon account the purchase is linked to it. You can always look at the ToS to see.

      I’m hoping not also! BUT there’s always backup and restore utilities available.

  • Mr.Joe

    I freaking love the Amazon Appstore!

    There free app of the day idea is great! Yesterday they had Doodle Jump for free and today it was Shazam Encore.

    I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

    • johngi

      i know i love doodle jump as of yesterday!!!

    • Anonymous

      i only saw the poker game yesterday MAN!!!! i missed out.

      • Nader

        I heard that game sucks.

        • Anonymous

          same thing i heard thats why i just saw it and didnt dl it lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662761387 Nader Elkurd

            Oops my bad, misunderstood your comment.

  • http://twitter.com/apdcgt greentea

    SH#$, this sucks baddd for Google. Seriously they need to do whatever they can to get gameloft in the market… including paying them money, im guessing thats what amazon is doing.

    • Anonymous

      Why should Google care? It all still runs on Android. What’s the threat to Google’s revenue, here? I don’t think the Market really brings in that much dough for them.

      • Anonymous

        idk 30% of each sale can add up fast. Lest i think its 30% they get.

  • Anonymous