From time to time companies bundle the latest games with their hardware in a bid to attract attention of gamers and to make their products more competitive. Such promotions are mutually beneficial: for gamers, it is a good way to upgrade and save some money on titles, while for companies it is an efficient way to increase sales. Recently AMD and Samsung have launched campaigns that add a free digital copy of various digital games with their products, including Civilization VI, Doom and Watch_Dogs 2.

Update 11/22: NVIDIA has launched its own promotion, which will add Watch_Dogs 2 to select GeForce GTX 1070/1080 graphics cards and notebooks featuring these GPUs.

AMD: Get Civilization VI and Doom for Free

Running from October 27 to January 27 (or when AMD runs out of Doom codes), the chipmaker working with the usual etailers (Amazon, Newegg, etc) to include a voucher for Doom as a motherboard bundle. This bundle covers most AM3+ motherboards, but it also covers top-to-bottom AMD systems that use an AM3+ motherboard, AMD FX CPU, and an AMD Radeon graphics card. AMD has not published the exact list of AM3+ motherboards that come with a free digital copy of Doom, but more information can be obtained from AMD’s Rewards web-site.

Meanwhile it is noteworthy that this week AMD also initiated its new Civilization VI promotion for Radeon graphics cards. To get a free copy of the latest in the just-one-more-turn-before-bed gaming series, you will need to buy an AMD Radeon RX 480 (or a PC with such a board inside) from an eligible retailer. Right now, the campaign is already live in some countries, and will eventually spread to other regions as well.

AMD's Civilization IV and Doom Campaigns
Hardware Game Campaign End Date
AM3+ Motherboard Doom January 27, 2017
AMD Radeon RX 480 Civilization VI January 15, 2017


Samsung: Watch_Dogs 2 for Free

In the recent years Samsung has made inroads into gaming PCs with its high-performance SSDs based on its 3D V-NAND memory. At times, Samsung bundled popular titles with its drives, and its new Watch_Dogs 2 campaign expands to curved displays as well.

On the SSD side of matters, Samsung latest bundle covers most of their V-NAND SSDs, including the recently launched 960 PRO & EVO, and their 850 SATA counterparts. Also covered in this bundle is the company’s Portable SSD, the T3. Meanwhile on the monitor side of matters, the bundle covers Samsung’s CFG70 or CF791 curved monitors. The bundle will be available in North America at select retailers only until December 31, 2016, or while coupons last.

Samsung's Watch_Dogs 2 Promo Campaign
Model Form-Factor Capacity Notes
960 PRO M.2 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB 48-layer MLC V-NAND
960 EVO M.2 500 GB, 1 TB 48-layer TLC V-NAND
850 PRO 2.5" 512 GB, 1 TB 32-layer MLC V-NAND
850 EVO M.2, mSATA 500 GB, 1 TB TLC V-NAND
Portable SSD T3 USB 3.1 Type-C 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB 32-layer TLC V-NAND
Curved Displays
Model Diagonal Resolution Notes
CFG70 24" 1920×1080 Features quantum dot technology, 1800R Curvature
CFG70 27" unknown
CF791 34" 3440×1440 1500R curvature

It is noteworthy that Samsung is promoting its curved displays with and without quantum dot technology among gamers using a free game bundle campaign. While curved monitors are available from all major display suppliers, they are not very popular. Meanwhile, Samsung seems to see potential of such monitors for this market segment, which is why it will add a free copy of Watch_Dogs 2 to its CFG70 and CF791 displays until the end of this year.

NVIDIA: Hackers Wanted

NVIDIA on Tuesday (11/22) launched its new free game campaign, which will last for a month. This time the GPU designer will bundle Watch_Dogs 2 with select GeForce GTX 1070/1080 video cards and laptops carrying mobile versions of the graphics processors.

The game uses a number of NVIDIA’s technologies supported by its GameWorks package, including HBAO+ global lighting, TXAA antialiasing as well as HFTS and PCSS techniques for improved shadows.

NVIDIA's Hackers Wanted Campaign
Hardware Game Campaign End Date
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070/1080 Watch_Dogs 2 December 19, 2016
Laptop Featuring GeForce GTX 1070/1080

The campaign will last till December 19 and if you have no plans to upgrade your display or SSD, but intend to get a new GPU, this will be your chance to get a free copy of Watch_Dogs 2 as well.

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Sources: AMD, Samsung.

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  • RaistlinZ - Friday, November 18, 2016 - link

    Nice. I was looking to buy a 960 EVO anyway. I'll sell the game code to recoup some of the cost. :)
  • Makaveli - Friday, November 18, 2016 - link

    The Doom promotion should be tied to a Zen month board and pushed back a few months.

    who is going to buy a AM3 socket board now??
  • plopke - Friday, November 18, 2016 - link

    Well i guess that the entire point of this , to try push some AM3 board out of inventory ;p
  • renz496 - Saturday, November 19, 2016 - link

    They know some people will be holding back and wait for Zen. It is exactly why they bundle Doom with their current product.
  • A5 - Saturday, November 19, 2016 - link

    Also it's already been on sale for $20, it probably doesn't cost AMD much.
  • ImSpartacus - Monday, November 21, 2016 - link

    The whole point of a bundle is to move undesirable inventory.
  • PuterPro - Monday, November 28, 2016 - link

    Yeah, like the 960 Pro NVMe ... quite undesirable.
    The point is to sell more product.
  • webdoctors - Saturday, November 19, 2016 - link

    Not sure about bundling games with monitors and mobo's. At least with video cards, you know with reasonable certainty the person is gonna use it. What percentage of ppl buying monitors or mobos do it explicitly for gaming? Even SSDs is a stretch.
  • Michael Bay - Monday, November 21, 2016 - link

    Back in the day, playing Doom 3 on a bigger diagonal was one of motivations to buy a new monitor for me, so it probably does happen sometimes. But motherboards?
  • renz496 - Saturday, November 19, 2016 - link

    Should add nvidia to the tittle. Nvidia also giving Watch Dogs 2 free (soon?) with 1080/1070 purchase.

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