Netflix's decision to spin off its DVD rental business into a separate entity known as Qwikster and add videogames to the mix means gamers now have another option to get their pixelated fixes. It also means big competition for GameFly, which doesn't appear to be threatened by the move, or is at least playing it tough in the public eye.
Joystiq.com got in touch GameFly and was told the following:
"GameFly has expanded steadily over the past nine years by focusing exclusively on video gamers. We are the only retailer offering games physically and digitally for both rental and purchase," GameFly told Joystiq in response to a question about Qwikster. "Gamers can try before they buy, choosing from new releases and classic titles that span the last decade. GameFly has more than 8,000 games for 10 console and handheld systems to choose from, and over 1,500 Windows/Mac games are available for download."
GameFly boosted its digital library earlier this year when it purchased Direct2Drive. That could prove a big advantage over Qwikster, assuming a digital library of its own isn't the cards. Either way, GameFly points out it's already survived competitors encroaching on its territory.
"GameFly is the leading videogame rental service, and we have continued to grow even as Blockbuster and Redbox increased their investment in console games," GameFly said.
Let the games begin.