The digital download industry still is in the firm grip of Valves Steam– however if ShockedFish.com has anything to say about it, this may soon start to change. ShockedFish is a price comparison website for the Digital download market– a market which has seen constant growth since valve first released their platform in September of 2003.
The PHP powered website crawls both the giants and the smaller download services, including DLGamer, Games For Windows Live, Gamersgate, Gamesload, Gamesplanet, GetGamesGo, GOG, Greeman Gaming, GS1, Impulse, Metaboli, Steam and Direct2Drive. Each site is crawled every 30 minutes for the current price of all games– providing a fast an easy way for the consumer to be able to compare where the cheapest product can be found.
Further to the price comparison functionality of ShockedFish the service allows for the visitor to get the best deals industry wide, allowing them to uncover deals which they may have otherwise overlooked. ShockedFish has quickly gained on popularity, within 48 hours of launch receiving over 15,000 unique visits. Daniel Nethersole, Developer at ShockedFish has grand plans beyond the initial version–
“Hopefully we can shape it into a service that really shows the other amazing digital distribution products on the market. In the short term an API and‘Shock Me’ features are planned– the latter being a notification when a game goes on sale. A lot of what we do will be directed by the visitors– so far we’ve had a fantastic response with feedback overwhelmingly positive, but that isn’t to say we’re shying away from the challenges ahead– keeping up with the fast changing industry is going to be extremely important for ShockedFish’s survival.“
ShockedFish is free to use and is available right now at ShockedFish.com.??