If you’ve been thinking about getting Gamefly and you live in Canada you might run into a few obstacles. The question is asked daily, perhaps it is the most common question that Gamefly receives from fellow Canadians.
– “Is Gamefly available in Canada?”.
The short answer is no. Gamefly is NOT available in Canada. However, there are few alternative options that will get you a fix for your gaming needs. But first let me answer another question that many people ask on the web. Plenty of Canadians and other gamers around the world want to know if it’s possible to gain access to Gamefly even when your outside of the U.S.
Again, the short answer is no. However, there is another site that is basically identical to Gamefly.
Luckily, there is another way to subscribe to a similar gaming service without being within the United States. For Canadians there is alternative gaming rental site that allows you to gain access to over 4000 titles.
Gaming Access is new game rental company that is catered specifically towards Canadians. The business model and the renting process is very similar to Gamefly as well.
- How it works: First, you choose the video games you want. The games are then delivered to you. Feel free to keep them as long as you want and when your done just send them back with a prepaid postage envelope. There are no shipping costs or late fees either.
- Discounted Games: You also have the option to keep the game at a discounted price. This is called the “Rent-to-Buy” program. If you decide you rather keep the video game you have rented through GameAccess.ca then simple log into your account and buy the title at a discounted price. At average most video games drop in value up to $0.65 a day.
- Limitations: Just like Gamefly, there are limitations to how many video games can be rented out. Subscribers are only allowed to rent out 1 to 2 games at a time. Once they return the video games, a new title that is in their queue will be automatically sent out. You can choose the titles you will like to be added to your queue. You can change these selections at any time.
- Video Games and Consoles: When it comes to game selections you will have a vast collection of video games to choose from. GameAccess has over 4000 titles that can be played on various gaming consoles. Here is a list of consoles that Game Access has titles for: PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox one, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, PS Vita, DS and PSP. They also carry exclusive Japanese import titles for PS3. If you’re into retro video games for older consoles like Game Cube, you’ll be happy to know they have titles for those as well.
How much does it cost?
Game Access offers two different plans. The first plan is for 1 game out and will cost your $9.95 for the first month, afterwards you will be paying the regular monthly cost of $17.95.
On the second plan, subscribers will be able to rent two games out at a time and will only pay $14.95 for the first month. The regular monthly subscription fee to this plan is $24.95.
Does GameAccess.ca offer a free trial?
Game Access does offer a 10 day free trial for all new subscribers. You will need a credit card to register for an account and access the trial offer. If you decide to stick with the video game rental company then your credit card will be charged for the regular monthly cost.
The free trial can help you understand whether or not Game Access is worth your time but also save you money and get adapted to the service.
If you are persistent in accessing titles from Gamefly then there is a method that I highly DON’T recommend. This is a bit difficult but it is the only solution to get games from Gamefly if your outside of the States.
Gamefly mails physical CD’s to subscribers within the United States. They don’t have digital copies of games. If you are Canadian and want to get games from Gamefly you would have to have an American address.
Breakdown of the solution
- So, if you have a friend or family member within the States use their mailing address to receive the games and then have them send the titles out again to your Canadian address.
- Enjoy playing games as long as you want because there are no late fees. But once you are done with the game mail it back to the US address you received it from.
- From there, they will have to send the CD back to Gamefly with the prepaid postage package.
There will be plenty of issues doing this. For one, this method is most likely illegal. Under the terms and service, I am sure it is prohibited to send games you are renting across the border. Another issue is registering for an account on the Gamefly website. You would need some type of VPN service to hide your IP address. This is a must because all non-US visitors are usually redirected or shown a pop-up screen notifying them that Gamefly is not available within their country.
You should also consider the additional mailing cost just to receive and send the disc back. Overall, this is definitely not a convenient method and I would recommend you check out GameAccess.ca as an alternative to Gamefly, especially if your Canadian.