Razer Game Store
The Steam alternative that gives you free games and PC hardware. BRAD CHACOS reports
Razer creates virtually every type of PC peripheral you can think of, from headsets to mice to keyboards, but it’s now taken on a new challenge: Steam. Yes, Razer has launched a gaming store of its own. Aptly called the Razer Game Store, the new marketplace taps into the zVault rewards system that Razer debuted last year to give loyal customers free games and gear.
The Razer Game Store (fave.co/2uM0dPS) behaves similarly to the Humble Store. When you buy a game, you’ll receive a key to activate it on a platform like Steam or Uplay. The company says you’ll see titles from
Ubisoft, Bethesda, Bandai Namco, Sega, and Rockstar, as well as other publishers. It won’t be B-tier dregs either; Dragon Ball FighterZ, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Grand Theft Auto V, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Cuphead, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider are some of the games being sold, with Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire and The Crew 2 in the wings. Only officially authorized keys will be available.
Razer kicked things off with discounts of up to 75 percent on Ubisoft games, and by giving away 10,000 Steam keys for Furi on a first-come, first-serve basis. The company also plans to offer steeper discounts and bigger rewards on four ‘Razer exclusives’ per week. Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Wolfenstein II, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, and Far Cry 5 are up first. They’re listed at between 10- to 60 percent off and come with a Game Store voucher up to £10, double zSilver rewards, and a £10 voucher for Razer hardware.
Razer Game Store rewards
The rewards are the prime reason for using the Razer Game Store. Whenever you buy a game, you’ll unlock some sort of perk, such as the vouchers mentioned above. You’ll also receive zSilver, the zVault loyalty credit that can be traded in for games and Razer gear. Every purchase gives you zSilver, but using zGold – Razer’s homegrown virtual currency, which can also be used for transactions on GamersGate, Indiegala, Smite, and War Thunder, among others – to buy your games awards a much higher zSilver payout.
The zSilver rewards catalogue reveals what sort of prizes you can unlock over time. Indie game keys range
from 15,000 to 50,000 zSilver depending on the title, while hardware varies greatly. The Razer Ergonomic Keyboard Rest, for example, costs 37,0000 zSilver, whereas Razer Cynosa Chroma Pro keyboard will set you back 146,500 zSilver.
Grabbing big-ticket Razer gear from gaming bounties will take a while, in other words, and doubly so if you aren’t buying games with zGold. Because the Razer Game Store gives you Steam and Uplay keys, though, there’s probably no harm in using it for the games you want. Given enough time, your zSilver piggy bank might just pay for a great peripheral upgrade.
The Razer Game Store is available now in the UK, US, Germany, and France, with localized content and pricing information. The rest of Europe has access to an English-language version of the Game Store with prices in Euros, while other countries can buy from a global storefront that accepts US dollars.
Some of the items on the Store’s rewards page