GameStop Starts Selling DLC; Ready to Take on PSN, XBLA?

August 22, 2010Written by Corey Schwanz

Don’t like entering your credit card information on the console of your choice? Don’t HAVE a credit card? Prepaid cards not for you? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, GameStop is here to help you.

You know how it is. You go onto the PSN to buy something, but you don’t have enough funds in your account. You don’t keep your credit card information on the console because you don’t trust your roommate, your roommate’s friends, or your children to have a console with YOUR money. Or there is just a specific game that you want to buy on the store but the prepaid cards are just another piece of plastic that are hurting the environment. Or something like that. Well Game Informer has just announced that GameStop will be opening up Downloadable Content Centers in every one of their 4,400 stores.  In addition to selling digitally distributed games, these centers will also sell various types of DLC, such as maps, expansions, skins, etc. You pay for the game however you want to in the store, through either cash, trade-in credit, or credit card, and GameStop prints you out a code that you can redeem at your leisure.

What do you think about GameStop’s foray into the world of console downloads? (They have been offering full-game downloads for PC-users for a while.) Digital distribution looks like it is going to be the way of the future, and as a mostly physical business GameStop doesn’t look like it wants to be left out. Will this plan succeed, or hurt irrevocably hurt the used-game giant? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Note: At the moment this new incentive being put on by GameStop seems to be for Xbox Live Arcade only. However, considering both PSN and XBLA codes are available for purchase on, we can only assume that GameStop will follow suit and offer DLC from both console’s network services.