Now Alexa Skills can sell you stuff

Pac-Man Stories game announced for… Amazon Alexa

The toy company has announced an Amazon Alexa skill that will tell kids exactly how to build and play with their Legos. Customers pay using Amazon's simple voice purchasing flow using the payment options associated with their Amazon account. Just ask "Alexa, open Fridays" to start the process, and with Amazon Pay customers can complete their orders quickly and easily, as their payment information is already stored in the Amazon account. The two new features are now available to coders looking to build Alexa skills.

With this update, an Alexa skill can now pull payment and shipping information directly from Amazon.

Meanwhile, the Lego Duplo Stories skill is an interactive storytelling experience that uses Duplo characters. There's no need to sign in each time a purchase is made on the speaker, though you can set up a secure PIN to prevent unauthorized use.

PAC-MAN STORIES is available on all Alexa-enabled devices, including Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, and features several fully interactive stories for the whole family. Both one-time unlocks of premium extras, and ongoing subscriptions for them, are supported. This includes NBCU's SYFY WIRE, which will offer three additional weekly podcasts exclusive to Alexa (Geeksplain, Debate Club, and Untold Story); Volley Inc.'s Yes Sire, which offers an expansion pack for its role-playing game; and Volley Inc.'s Word of the Day, which will soon add new vocabulary packs to purchase.

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Amazon has moved slowly in adding new tools for developers to make money from the Alexa platform, instead focusing on growing a customer base and ensuring Alexa users aren't bombarded with ads.

In-skill purchasing can already be found in Jeopardy games, The Ellen Show's Heads Up, and TuneIn's Live audio service, as well as a couple of other Alexa skills.

Additionally, the spokesperson said that "a select few of the most engaging skills can expect to earn more than $100,000 over the course of a year".

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