Retail finally enters console downloads space

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The North American arm of online retailer Amazon has begun selling Xbox Live Arcade games via its portal in the form of purchasable Xbox Live codes.

The so-called ‘walled gardens' of digital console publishing have for a long time been regarded as the biggest barrier between traditional retail and the presumed digital future gaming – and Amazon's move could be seen as a tentative first step.

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