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Direct2Drive (commonly D2D) is an online game store offering PC games via direct download.

Direct2Drive
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Type of site
Online retailer
OwnerAtgames
Websitedirect2drive.com
Alexa rankDecrease 114,455 (June 2017)[1]
CommercialYes
RegistrationTo purchase
LaunchedMay 28, 2004; 14 years ago (2004-05-28)[2]
Current statusActive

On May 25, 2011, GameFly acquired Direct2Drive from IGN Entertainment, Inc. and renamed the service to GameFly Digital.[3] On Oct 20, 2014 GameFly released a statement in their website indicating that it had sold the digital download service to AtGames Holding Ltd., and that the transition would be completed by the end of the year. AtGames relaunched the service under the original name of Direct2Drive.

BusinessEdit

Launched in 2004, IGN has claimed "exponential growth in sales" since that time. It offered over 3,000 titles through relationships with more than 300 game publishers.[4][5] Direct2Drive sponsored a $10,000 award at the Independent Games Festival called the D2D Vision Award, which "celebrates independent developers exemplifying innovation in design coupled with excellence in game-play".[6] In 2009, the site made headlines by refusing to sell Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 due to that game's integration with Valve's Steamworks service. Users buying Modern Warfare 2 from a reseller such as Direct2Drive would be forced to also download and install the Steam client.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Direct2drive.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  2. ^ "Direct2Drive.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  3. ^ GAMEFLY, INC. ACQUIRES DIRECT2DRIVE FROM IGN ENTERTAINMENT Archived 2011-06-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ GAMEFLY, INC. ACQUIRES DIRECT2DRIVE FROM IGN ENTERTAINMENT Archived 2011-06-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Interview: Direct2Drive's Berger On The Evolving Digital Distro Space - Gamasutra
  6. ^ GDC: IGF, Direct2Drive Announce $10,000 D2D Vision Award Finalists - Gamasutra
  7. ^ Direct2Drive Tussles With Valve By Declining To Sell Steamworks-Powered MW2 - Gamasutra Was acquired by GameFly in.2011