Raspberry Pi store launches with secure payment and “tip jar” system

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched an online store for Raspberry Pi developers to share their content. The store was built in collaboration with IndieCity and Velocix, and is also intended to help beginners find everything they need in one place.

The store has 24 free titles at launch, including a range of utilities such as LibreOffice and Asterisk, and games like Freeciv and OpenTTD. Raspberry Pi exclusive Iridium Rising also shows its face. The only paid-for content currently available is Cobra Mobile’s puzzle-platfomer Storm In A Teacup, which will set you back the princely sum of £1.99.

Developers will be able to sell their own apps and games using a built in secure payment system, while a “tip jar mechanism” allows people to donate what they want towards free software.

“With the Raspberry Pi finally having a dedicated software store, it’s going to bring together the already-thriving Pi community in a way that’s simply not been possible before,” said Raspberry Pi Foundation co-founder Eben Upton.

“Our driving aim has always been to use Raspberry Pi to encourage and introduce a generation of children to programming and creative computer science. By now enabling Raspberry Pi users of all ages to gain critical and commercial success from their work through the new Pi Store we also believe it will be a powerful incentive for others to get involved and further spread the word.”

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