November 24, 2014

Gameloft Embraces Amazon's Appstore... Srsly?!

It’s no secret that Gameloft is against the sales of their incredible collection of 3D games via Google’s Market. However, an interview with Reuters regarding their upcoming distribution plans is sure to have many scratching their heads in confusion.

Gameloft has decided to partner with the new Amazon Appstore, embracing it only days after its public release. Chief Executive Michel Guillemot had this to say:

“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.”

For some reason, this explanation fails to sit well with me. How can you use the Amazon Appstore’s lack of pirated games as a sign of its strength when the thing was, literally, just released? There has yet to be enough time to test the store’s integrity, or even reliability. Sure, Amazon did a great job. However, to say that it’s safer for consumers without there being any proven track record is sort of disconcerting.

Is something else going on here? Perhaps Amazon struck some sort of financial deal with Gameloft. We’ve seen Amazon begin its foray into the mobile app market by wooing Rovio into releasing Angry Birds Rio exclusively in their Appstore. It seems to me that Amazon is doing anything it can to solidify itself as a serious Market contender. This is by no means a bad thing. In fact, it’s very commendable. I just wish companies like Gameloft would tell us the true reasons for their actions instead of spoon-feeding the bull seen above. Just sayin’…

Either way, kudos to Amazon. This is a big win.

  • Anonymous

    I hate it when people lie. Its not like stuff that goes on the amazon market is written using a different language. Apps on Amazon’s store will have all the same issues that Android apps in general have, because…. they are Android apps.

    Gameloft should just be honest and admit they are going with Amazon because they are getting paid out the nose to do so. There is nothing wrong with that, they aren’t in the business for charity.

  • http://www.steveedson.co.uk Steve Edson

    Angry Birds Rio was cracked to run even when the amazon app store is uninstalled, it can also be installed in places where the amazon app store is unavailable like all of europe. So yeah, its no ‘safer’ than the market

    • http://twitter.com/BenjRubenstein Benjamin Rubenstein

      Exactly!

  • Dangerismymiddlename.Com

    Steve Edson’ comment is great.

    The fear here is that a person will upload a game that uses Gameloft’s content as if it were their own. That’s something that Gameloft’s hoping to control, even if unauthorized APK disribution is not something that they can control.

    This purportedly has occurred in Google’s Market both directly, as in an uploaded APK that was taken by a beta tester, and indirectly, as in the case where games contain trademarked characters without the trademark holders permission.

    • Dangerismymiddlename.Com

      I meant to type, “… even if unauthorized distribution is something they _can’t_ control.”

  • http://twitter.com/Chaos_Killer Jeroen Heijster

    Stupid reason, licenses work very well with the market…

  • http://twitter.com/daveloft Dave Loft

    On the Android market it’s possible for someone to crack your game and then put it on the Market and sell it. What I think their saying is since Amazon is curated that the only Gameloft games on the Amazon market will be from Gameloft and it won’t get lost in the sea of shitty apps. I really don’t think their saying that an Amazon app can’t be pirated.

  • http://twitter.com/DrJeckyl DrJeckyl

    My stance of if they refuse to release it on the Android Market I refuse to buy it still stands. Don’t get me wrong, I like the convenience and idea of the Amazon market and have used it a few times already but Gameloft’s refusal to use the Android Market is pathetic and greedy at best.

  • http://twitter.com/DrJeckyl DrJeckyl

    My stance of if they refuse to release it on the Android Market I refuse to buy it still stands. Don’t get me wrong, I like the convenience and idea of the Amazon market and have used it a few times already but Gameloft’s refusal to use the Android Market is pathetic and greedy at best.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rovex32 christian moon

    The only place i can get Gameloft games is the illegal download sites. Why? Because gameloft wont let me buy them legally. I just CANNOT get them onto my phones via their ‘distribution’ system.

    Gameloft have created the illegal download environment for their games, its all their own doing.

  • http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/shopping/ Cheap Shopping

    I download one of their games awhile ago for on my N1 and that was a waste of $4.99. The game was so buggy, I never went back. But now with this offer I will definitely go back to Amazon Appstore

  • http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/shopping/ Cheap Shopping

    I download one of their games awhile ago for on my N1 and that was a waste of $4.99. The game was so buggy, I never went back. But now with this offer I will definitely go back to Amazon Appstore