Stockholm/London, June 7th 2011 – Ztorm AB, a leading service provider in digital distribution of entertainment products, today announced that it has chosen Sony DADC’s Games Services to realize its upcoming digital rental model of games through its B2B partner sites.
In addition to “Buy and Download”, the most common business model in the digital games industry, consumers are now provided with the option to digitally rent games for a dedicated period of time with the ability to make a full purchase of that same product at any point in time. Gamers now for the first time have a choice at the point of purchase; a request that has been raised by the community since years.
“Sony DADC’s Games Services have been established to support developers, content owners, as well as (r)etailers to grow their physical and digital business by offering services that significantly increase consumer transactions and satisfaction” says Stefan Podhajski, Director Product Management at Sony DADC. “Beside the ability to realize new and innovative business models requested by publishers, our gaming portfolio offers solutions from content enrichment, content monetization, content authentication through to market intelligence; with further services to be released and announced later this year. These solutions ultimately provide the end-consumer with more flexibility and more value for money, adding e.g. Downloadable Content (DLC) or Try & Buy options to the gaming experience.”
“We are very excited to present our game rental business model using Sony DADC’s Games Services. Our demo site is already up and running and we are ready to launch the service to our Ztorm connected retailers.” says Anders Emblad, CEO at Ztorm. “While we already are in discussions with several publishers for content, we will be spending our time at E3 showcasing our demo to secure additional titles for the service. “
Ztorm is a leading service provider of digital distribution for movies, games and audio books. The company provides a full service platform, offering Publishers and Retailers a cost effective way to deliver digital goods to customers over the Internet. Ztorm's services range from fully integrated API solutions to campaign stores developed for customer loyalty programs and fully supported white-label websites. The services include hosting and bandwidth, DRM (copyright protection), maintenance, support, sales reporting, statistics, payment and development of customized solutions. For more information, visit http://www.ztorm.com
Ztorm’s customers include noted retailers such as: gamestation.co.uk, dixonsdownloads.co.uk, game.se, CDON.com, telia.se, spaceworld.no, discshop.se, webhallen.se and coolshop.dk.
Ztorm AB is owned, among others, by the Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (the Sixth AP Fund). http://www.apfond6.se/en/
About Sony DADC
Sony DADC is the leading disc and digital service provider for the entertainment, education, and information industries, offering world-class digital and physical supply chain solutions, software services, and optical media replication services. The company’s network consists of service offices, optical media production, distribution and digital facilities in 19 countries worldwide. Sony DADC’s services for the global games industry include content enrichment, manufacturing, packaging, B2B distribution, commercial distribution, content monetization, content authentication, cash collection, and market intelligence.
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