Oliver: Pre-owned bigger threat than piracy on consoles

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 10:34 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Blitz’s Andrew Oliver has told Develop he believes the secondhand games market is a greater threat to the industry than piracy.

“Arguably the bigger problem on consoles now is the trading in of games,” he said.

“I understand why players do this. Games are expensive, and after a few weeks of playing you’ve either beaten it, or got bored of it so trading it back in to help pay for the next seems sensible when people are short of cash.”

Oliver added that the “money going back up the chain is a fraction of what it was only a few years ago.

“This is a much bigger problem than piracy on the main consoles.”

Oliver’s comments come as EA is implementing a $10 “Pass” to allow to play EA Sports titles online in an obvious effort to draw extra revenue from used sales.

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