Ukash – Thought you'd want to know
In our 'thought you'd want to know' feature, Made2Game points its educated finger at an application, event or general thing that we think is of interest to you as a video game enthusiast.
What is Ukash? Ukash is an alternate method of paying for games online. The trick being that you don't need a bank card at all. Just take your lovely money to a newsagents, or anywhere you see a yellow 'paypoint' logo (which is a lot of places, and once you notice them you won't stop), and purchase exactly the amount of money you want to spend online. Your money comes in the form of a 17-digit code, and you even get the change in another 17 digit code should your amount exceed your purchase. Take that potential scammers and hackers.
Why would I use it? Oh sure, maybe you're fine with having all your precious card and bank details online, hidden behind one simple seven digit password that someone could discover if they knew what your first pet was called, but not everyone is so fortunate/trustworthy/amazing as you.
Think about when you were younger and without a bank account, did you ever want to buy a game, or an add-on for a game, online? Perhaps not you personally but with the quality of free-to-play games increasing daily a contemporary younger you might want to buy some Tribes Ascend credit, or grab the latest Steam daily deal, and Ukash is the enabler. Pocket money becomes online money and little you can get Plants vs. Zombies while it's only a few bob. Lovely.
Even if you're growing a few greys the anonymity offered by Ukash is a great way to shop online with the same ease of mind as strolling into a local retailer with a wad of notes. Not that we would know a 'wad of notes' feels. Excuse us, we need a moment...
Where can I use it? Plenty of free to play online titles support Ukash right now, such as Battlefield Heroes, but several big names are enabling the service in the coming weeks such as EVE Online and Steam.
Where can I find out more? Ukash.co.uk
Words by James Bowden (Twitter: @Dalagonash)