Anybody who plays video games knows too well the cost of the games. The parents of kids who play these games will know this too. Digumz is here to help, bringing a new concept to Kuwait that will make things easier on the wallet for all those gamers out there – or their parents.
Online since March of last year, Digumz (meaning buttons in Arabic) is a simple-to-use Kuwait-based service that allows members to rent games online as opposed to purchasing them. For as little as KD9 per month you can play a different game every day or keep the same game for the entire month. They also offer the option to rent two games at a time for KD14, or, for the hardcore gamer; KD20 will get you three games at any one time. Games can be added to a list known as ‘My Queue’ so you can always have the next game you want lined up in your queue when you request a game exchange via the website. My Queue can be ordered by priority so they will deliver the games you want the most when you request the exchange.
The idea for Digumz was conceived over five years ago but at that time gamers in Kuwait could get their fill of the newest games for a Dinar-and-a-half in pirated form. At this price there would have been no market for a game rental service, but technological advancements have now mostly eradicated the pirated game market (a cracked console is incapable of online gaming, one of the most important aspects of modern gaming). Digumz.com is operated 24 hours a day and they also have a real store in the Omniya Complex in Salmiya. They have a huge library of classics and latest releases for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii that might not otherwise be so easy to get access to.
Membership payment can be made online via Knet or credit card or in person at their Salmiya store, where you can also pick up and drop off games personally, and even try the games first. A second site, digumzstore.com, allows gamers who prefer owning to buy the games in the same easy and swift manner as the rental service. The Digumz store also sells consoles and recently started selling iPads, too.
Families love Digumz because not only is it a great way to keep the cost down for gaming kids, but also because when kids under 18 request a game that may not be suitable, Digumz will contact the parents and warn of any offensive content. The parents can then decide if the game is suitable for their children. This socially responsible behavior is taken a step further in other ways at Digumz. If you spot one of their branded cars on the streets of Kuwait, games won’t be the only thing they are delivering – a message on the back of their cars urges drivers to not use their smartphones whilst they drive. This is a problem the guys at Digumz believe is spiralling out of control on Kuwaiti roads. They also recently donated consoles to Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospital and Digumz members donated used games, too.
Digumz currently delivers to 90% of Kuwait and is the only service of its kind here. There are no hidden fees and membership can be cancelled at any time.
If you’re looking for a cheap, flexible and simple solution to gaming then log onto digumz.com or drop by the Digumz store in Omniya Complex (Hotel Ibis building) on Salam Mubarak St, Salmiya. Alternatively give them a call on 2573 3040.