In the latest of my rants on the prevalence of game stores these days, one I hadn't even realised existed, from gaming peripheral company Razer, is shutting shop after just one year.
The company said the closure is due to the company's "realignment plans", and will stop all sales completely on February 28th. Customers have until that date to retrieve any keys they may have, but apparently any pre-orders will still be honored.
Although the company may still offer games through Razer Gold and Silver, it does beg the question, now the store isn't making sales, will it eventually stop being available altogether? And this is another issue I have with all these stores popping up as of late.
Okay, on the one hand, putting all your eggs in your Steam basket is technically risky, but on the other, Steam is a jugganught with no signs of slowing down. On the other hand, when I pay for a game, I expect to be able to keep it, not rent it. Should these stores go away, and my hard drive fails for example, or the DRM stops working, then what?
All these smaller stores fragmenting the market is a recipe for such disasters in the future, eventually the bubble will burst.
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