Amazon planning digital game distribution

A recent job posting to Gamasutra has revealed that online retailer is planning a digital distribution service for games and software. Amazon currently has a tentative software download service in place -- though only available for tax software -- and this news at least partly confirms that Amazon will be extending that service to games.

The position is for a full-time software development engineer to join the "Software and Video Games Digital Technology team," who are working on the Amazon Software Download store. Up to now Amazon's digital distribution services have been limited to video, music and e-books; moving to digital distribution for games puts Amazon alongside other mainstream services like GameTap and Steam, making for some heated and (hopefully) productive competition. Let's just hope it fares better than Amazon Unbox.

[Thanks, James]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.