Amazon for some time now has been offering digital game downloads at its US shop. Here it is possible to buy games online, download them directly to the computer, to install and play them without having to wait for them to be shipped to your location in the US. If you are not living in the US, you can't purchase those games at the store, which sometimes is really a pity as there are always some great deals available.
Buying US versions of games has other advantages. You first get the English version of the game which some may prefer over translated versions. The games are usually uncut which is another advantage if you are living in a country where games are only available as cut versions even for adults (more or less). If English is not your strongest language, you may however need to look closely at the games offered to find out if the games that you download offer other languages besides English.
People from outside the US who try to purchase a digital game at Amazon get the notification that digital downloads are only available to US residents at the store. Thankfully though, there is a way to get around that restriction. Here is what you need:
- A credit card. Visa, Mastercard and others are fine, even if their billing address is not in the US
- A US address. This may sound like a problem at first, but since your purchases are digital, you do not really need to worry about it that much. More about options later on.
Adding the US address to the account
You have multiple options to get a US address. You can use a service like Borderlinx which will create one for you after you sign-up, or use addresses you find listed on Internet sites (e.g. hotels). Borderlinx is a legit service, and the address that gets created when you sign-up can in fact be used as a proxy for goods that you purchase in the US. Again, since we buy digital games, we do not need that feature, but it is available should you decide to buy other goods on Amazon or other US-only shopping sites.
Once you have signed up at Borderlinx and confirmed the account, you can add the new address to your Amazon account. You can click on this link directly to add a new address to your Amazon account, or open Your Account in Amazon and click on the Add New Address link under Settings there. Here you first need to enter your password again before you are allowed to add the address.
Add the Borderlinx address there, but remove the / of the first address line, and the (...) but not the contents in the brackets in the second.
Click save and add payment method, and enter your credit card to the address.
Buying digital games on Amazon
Once you have added the US address to your account and linked a credit card to it, you can start making purchases. You find the digital games store here. This works exactly like in other stores and physical goods, only that you see an option to download the purchased game right after the purchase has been verified.
I'd suggest to check the store once a week for the deal of the week which often offers huge discounts. This week, you get Dragon Age games for up to 80% off.