October 12, 2006

Activision to Sell Games Via Steam

Following Majesco's lead, Activision has decided it wants to sell some old games on Valve's Steam digital distribution service. The list includes Call of Duty 2, Gun, Call of Duty, and Call of Duty United Offensive. Thanks to forcing most Half-Life 2 and Counterstrike gamers to use it, Steam now has 10 million customers. It's a great distribution channel because it doesn't require paying the retail store, packaging and CD media costs. The downside is you have to pay Valve a cut. The upside is a lot of these old games aren't selling much in the store anyway.