We consider ourselves a research site. Our purpose is to provide you information so that you can make informed decisions on the games you buy. GameScavenger is run and managed by a team of dedicated developers that have a passion for saving money on video games.
Sure... it's currently a team of one, but I'll do my best to make this a website that is helpful, useful, and ultimately aimed at putting games in the hands of gamers. I have lots of ideas, and a little experience. However, I'll need your help to ultimately make this site successful.
I plan to be transparent, and let you be a part of the growth. Check out the information below to better understand where the site is, and where I want to take it. Come back later for more information on how you can be a part of the process.
Our goal is to ultimately become the one place you go in order to educate yourself on the games you are interested in and get notified when you can save some money purchasing them.
We will maintain current and historical prices for games that are sold digitally through the PlayStation and Nintendo Stores.
You will be able to search for games you are interested in saving money on. When you pull up a game, you will see information about it including: current price, description, box art, OpenCritic score, price history, and more.
Once you have educated yourself on the game, you can decide to track the game. If the game goes on sale, we will email you to alert you of the sale, so you can save some money. No longer will you have to check weekly to see if your games have finally gone on sale. Or, potentially miss out on a sale you did not realize was happening.
Improvements and enhancements will come over time, see the Roadmap below.
Launch the website: First step... make it work! This is currently in progress. We hope to launch with functionality to get notified about Nintendo Store and PlayStation Store sales for games you are interested in. We hopefully will be up and running before the end of January 2021. I have some commitments I need to finish before moving forward here.
Ongoing Site Improvements: We don't expect the website to launch with zero flaws. It will grow over time. We are not professional web designers... we will grow together.
More Games: We will add other gaming platforms: Xbox One Store, Epic Games Store, Steam Store
GameScavenger Reviews: We will provide you with our own thoughts on the games we are playing. They will always start with a TL:DR section so you can quickly get our takes, and dive in deeper if you decide you would like to.
DLC: Add DLC to our tracking, so you can save on the complete experience of a game.
More Sales: We will be adding functionality for getting prices from other sources besides the respective consoles online store. Look at adding prices from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, etc.
More Donation Options: Currently we allow donations through buymeacoffee.com. We are looking at perhaps setting a Patreon account for the website as well. Being a Patreon member would carry benefits of some kind. What kind of benefits would you want? Current ideas: Priority Emails (know before anyone else), Ad-less website experience, Monthly gift card drawing for platform of choice.
User Account Notification: Get a badge on the site letting you know games you are tracking are now on sale. This could be used in along with, or instead of, notification emails based on the users preferences.
Data Collection Upgrade: Use a professional data collection group. This will allow for quicker, more consistent price updates. Will add around $25+ a month to operating costs
Owned Games: Keep track of games you have purchased. Remove these from search results, etc.
Virtual Private Server Hosting: GameScavenger currently using a shared hosting platform. By moving to a virtual private server, we can guarantee more performance. This would add around $30 - $60 a month to our operating cost.
Other Territories: Currently GameScavenger only services the United States. Once we have a solid foundation here, we will look at expanding to other locations throughout the world.
Dedicated Server Hosting: The next step after a Virtual Private Server. Same idea, give us MOAR power for a better site experience. This would add $150+ a month to our operating costs.
Open to suggestions: What do you want? Feel free to email our feedback email under Connect below
Currently the plan is to make money through Ads on the site. Ads?! Yes... Ads. GameScavenger does not sell anything. Really our only option is ads or donations. We don't, and never will, make money selling your information. We ask for minimal information from you to setup an account for a reason. We will never provide user information for profit to anyone.
We will do our best to keep the Ad experience unobtrusive. We dislike Ads probably about as much as you do. We want to ensure they never become a hindrance to using the site.
Currently this website is making -$12 a month after operating costs.
The main operating cost of this website is currently hosting it online, and the costs of maintaining the business registration each year.
Profits will be used to maintain the site and make improvements to it. See the Roadmap section.
Let's be honest here, I don't expect this website to pull in a ton of money for me. This is a passion project, the real goal with profits is just for the site to pay for itself each month.