GameTap merging with European counterpart

Turner Broadcasting to transfer control of PC downloadable-game service to Paris-based Metaboli by early next year.

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Back in August, Turner Broadcasting Systems made clear that it was looking to unload its GameTap PC-based subscription-gaming service in short order. The media giant said that it was "considering various strategic options," one of which has now won out.

GameTap announced today that it is "partnering" with European PC-based downloadable-game service Metaboli in an agreement that will see Turner relinquish management duties of the site early next year. After the transition is completed, Turner will become an equity investor in the merged Metaboli-GameTap business.

According to a FAQ posted by a GameTap staffer on the service's official forums, the merger won't impact subscribers' rates or access to games. Current users won't be able to access Metaboli's library of games right away, but the companies are working on new subscription options and other changes to the service that will be announced "in the near future."

GameTap currently touts a selection of more than 1,000 retro console, arcade, and PC games. The service also plays home to a number of high-profile original episodic-gaming series, including Telltales Games' Sam & Max franchise and American McGee's Grimm.

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Annogi
Annogi

First things first, GameTap is nothing like Steam. With GameTap you pay a single fee to play every game in their library, while you could play many without that fee. With Steam you pay a fee per game, usually games you could purchase at retail for the same price anyway. Gametap is a great idea, but fairly poor execution. They have too many useless titles. However, they are adding Supreme Commander into their library so that makes it pretty much all worth it. I just hope they keep their price point, and don't go the high monthly fee way.

BloodEagles1717
BloodEagles1717

I hope they'll keep the free stuff free. That was fun, especially Tomb Raider and Psychonauts. Metaboli has more recent games in their subscription service, and I could see myself playing a bunch of them. at the current price of almost $300 a month, it's not really worth it. I honestly like Gametap's a lot better, since it's a lot cheaper, and it has a bunch of the classics, especially in terms of RPGs like Baldur's Gate. A lot the games I'd want to play from Metaboli are also the old games that cost $5-15 these days...

Bytor60150
Bytor60150

I've been subscribing to Gametap now for almost two years. While I do like access to the classic games that are on there, I'm not going to renew my account. I'm getting Gamefly instead. Too bad really. It could of been great, but with so much shovelware and lack of new games it's just a shadow of what it could of been.

ArionLightseek
ArionLightseek

I cancelled my subscription to GameTap when they dropped Myst Online: Uru Live

SaraAlly
SaraAlly

what a joke.. two lousy services merged into one. I say - go for Steam or Gamersgate if you go digital. Steam is faster, Gamersgate is better.

Precyse
Precyse

I don't use gametap, but they got some good free games and quality subscriber games.

Precyse
Precyse

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Vulpis
Vulpis

Heh--a friend of mine points out that it's ironic that a service that couldn't straighten out it's international strategy gets sold to an international company.

Timbydude
Timbydude

GameTap wasn't user-friendly enough, IMO. Almost all the PC games were completely unplayable and they had no discretion at all in adding games. Sometimes, we would get the absolute worst imaginable additions to the library.

krimla
krimla

Wow! This should improve an already great service (Gametap). I am pessimistic of the increased price of the "new" packages though. It's about 13 British Pounds a month for the Metaboli service (according to Metaboli's website). That's roughly $24 USD a month. Now, I realize that the pricing would change but this shows the general price point that Metaboli expects their customer base will pay.