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Amazon App Store Turns Up the Heat, Debuts Exclusive New Games

Steven Blum
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In yet another coup for Amazon, the company's app store has managed to sign an exclusive deal with Popcap, the makers of Chuzzle and Plants vs. Zombies, to feature their two games for an Amazon-only run of two weeks.  Chuzzle will debut on Tuesay while PVZ will appear later this month before they both migrate over to the Android Market.

 The exclusive deal with the Seattle-based game developer will give Amazon even more momentum as it competes against Android Market and other independent Android portals. Pop Cap is a seriously successful game company, having created games that have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times. Plants Vs. Zombies has been on the top 10 list at Apple's App Store since it was first released, meaning Amazon is in a position to make a lot of money from this exclusive run.

Both games will launch on their first day for free before being listed at $2.99.

Amazon App Store continues to get high points for its user interface and for allowing users the option of previewing games before they download them, but has come under fire recently for its aggressive pricing scheme which sometimes leaves developers with a smaller share of the profits.

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  • Martin Krischik May 17, 2011 Link

    Why am I not surprised?

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  • Steven Blum May 18, 2011 Link

    As someone who lived in Seattle for 18 years, I can attest to this: Seattleites like doing business with other Seattleites. That's maybe what's going on here, since both PopCap and Amazon have headquarters in the same rainy zipcode. Big Fish Games is also in Seattle...and they haven't released an app for Android yet...HMMMMMM.....

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