GOG.com launches DRM-free film service

Digital games distribution service GOG.com has announced its expansion into movies, as it hopes to entice Hollywood studios to join in its stance against DRM.

The company’s new initiative launched earlier today with 20 documentaries revolving around the subject of gaming, including Indie Game: The Movie, Gamer Age and The King of Arcades.

GOG.com’s North American vice president Guillaume Rambourg explained the retailer is gunning for the inclusion of major Hollywood studios, but that nearly all potential partners in the business are taking a wait-and-see approach with the service.

"Our initial idea was to start with the big guys, but the process is not easy," Rambourg said.

"In our first round of talks, the response was largely, ‘We love your ideas, but we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk’." Most studio officials agreed that DRM is pointless, but were quick to add that the lawyers would not allow them to get rid of it."

GOG.com also announced that it has begun accepting currencies outside of $USD, such as the euro, British pound sterling, Australian dollars and Russian rubles.

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