Amazon has launched its own currency called Amazon Coins.
It's currently only available in the
States for Kindle Fire owners, but the Coins can be used to pay for
games, apps and in-app purchases from the Amazon Appstore.
One Amazon Coin is worth one US penny, and Kindle Fire owners are getting 500 Coins ($5) for free as part of the launch.
Amazon has launched its own virtual currency
called Coins in the US. It is only available for Kindle Fire users, for
the time being, but can be used to buy games, apps and in-app purchases
from the Kindle Appstore, as well as buy items from Amazon's retail
Points are the currency of the Xbox Live Marketplace, Games for Windows
Marketplace, Windows Live Gallery, Xbox Music and Video online stores.
Points can be used to buy content from the respective stores.
They can be bought using a credit card and the credit card can then be removed.
means parents can buy their children Points to spend on games and
upgrades, and control how much they spend without adding a credit card
to the account.
October 2012, Windows 8 began support local currency in the Xbox Video
Store instead of relying on Microsoft Points.
suggests that Microsoft may move away from its virtual currency, in the
same way Facebook did with its Credits scheme last year.
The Coins will also be able to be used on the company's retail site when they become more widely available.
Amazon has not yet confirmed when the scheme will be launched outside of the US, or if it will be available to non-Kindle users.
Amazon Coins can be bought in batches of 1000, 2500, 5000 and 10,000.
The more you buy, the bigger the discount and 10,000 Coins costs $90, for example.
Customers will also get a 10% discount on items bought using Amazon Coins.
isn't the first company to introduce it's own currency; Microsoft Xbox
and Windows Live customers can use Microsoft Points to pay for games,
upgrades, bonus levels and so on.