updated 07:23 pm EDT, Wed August 27, 2014
Services launches new site, adds local currencies and adds films to existing model
Gaming marketplace GOG has undergone several changes this year, from announcing an expansion of its practices to compete better with Steam with GOG Galaxy to adding support for Linux games. Today, the company announced that it was extending its business to films, partially as an effort to show how effective the digital rights management-free (DRM) download model is.
Unfortunately, GOG wasn't able to get any big name film studios to sign on for the first wave of DRM-free films, but did find that some were receptive to the idea. However, none of the studios wanted to be the first to make a move. GOG Vice President for North America Guillaume Rambourg stated that some studios even acknowledged "DRM is pointless," but stated that lawyers wouldn't allow it to be removed.
"Our initial idea was to start with the big guys, but the process is not easy," said Rambourg. "In our first round of talks, the response was largely, 'We love your ideas, but we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk'."
For the initial launch, GOG is offering 20 films through the service starting at $6 each, which consumers can stream or download. All of the movies are documentaries that focus on video games or geek culture. To kick off the launch, GOG is offering two films for free, The Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard. New films are expected to be added on a weekly basis.
Two additional changes today as well, as GOG launched a new site design that is easier to navigate and friendlier to mobile devices. Payment methods have been updated as well, adding the ability to change from the United States Dollar to the consumer's local currency. These include the Euro, Australian Dollars, Russian Rubles and Pounds Sterling. Users can select the best currency for them, but also still qualify for GOG's Fair Price Package. If a game costs more in the local country than it does in the United States, GOG will refund the difference as store credit.