Late last week, an interesting report from Kotaku said that GameStop was to start offering Steam Wallet cards at its stores as early as this week–and, as it happens, they were right.
Early this morning, GameStop officially announced that effective right now, you’ll be able to purchase Steam Wallet cards right from the store. The offer will initially only be available in 4,400 GameStop stores nationwide, but one could safely assume that it will be available at just about all stores sooner rather than later.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Valve on this new initiative,” said Steve Nix, GameStop’s GM of Digital Distribution. “This gives even more options to customers now that they can put money in their Steam Wallet using cash, gift cards or trade credits through our convenient neighborhood locations.”
GameStop said that the Steam cards will be available in two flavors initially: a $20 Steam card and a $50 one. There was no indication that any other cards will be made available in the future, but if the item proves to be a success I wouldn’t be surprised to see a wider variety.
With GameStop now offering Steam codes at its stores, one can’t help but wonder what this means for Impulse, which GameStop intended to make into a Steam competitor of sorts–as far as digital distribution is concerned, at least.
Either way, Steam users will now be able to pick up credit to go towards one of “1,800″ Steam titles, all without having to enter in their credit card information. Well, there is PayPal for that, but… it’s still neat! For someone, at least. Maybe.