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Sony is putting a stop to digital game codes being sold at retailers like GameStop

What does this mean for Amazon?

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Oh, man, this is interesting. In a leaked memo first revealed by Twitter account Wario64 and more recently confirmed by The Verge, Sony is going to stop offering digital game codes for PlayStation 4 at retailers.

The memo was sent to GameStop stores and basically says that after April 1 retailers worldwide will no longer be able to sell full game download codes that can be redeemed on the PlayStation Store. This is a pretty surprising statement and it will be interesting to see how this falls in line with GameStop revamping its image in the coming months.

Sony confirmed to The Verge that the memo was legit, stating,

We can confirm that as of April 1, 2019, Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer offer full games through SIE’s Global Digital at Retail program.

The Sony spokesperson went on to say that DLC, other add-ons, virtual currency, and season passes will still be available at retailers. To help players that may not have access to a payment method that works for purchasing things online, Sony says they will start offering a wider range of denominations on its PSN cash cards.

The big question here, at least for me, is what does this mean for Amazon game sales? Amazon is a retailer, will it also be affected by this announcement? If so, that’s absolutely huge. We’ve reached out to Sony for clarification and will update accordingly.

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