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Indian gamers unhappy with EA raising Origin game prices

Saturday, 6th July 2013 01:18 GMT By Phil Owen

Gamers in India have created the Twitter hashtag #EAPCIndia to express their unhappiness with EA’s new price points for games being sold on Origin in the country. Games had been going for 1000-1500 rupees ($16.50-25), but Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals pre-orders are going for a whopping 3500 rupees ($58).

Apparently, according to MCV India, folks elsewhere have been known to take advantage of shady VPN witchcraft to get into the Indian Origin store and buy stuff for way cheaper than they could get it elsewhere, and so EA might just be compensating for that. In any case, a lot of folks are not happy about this. For example:

My only response to this: :( Sorry, y’all.

Indian gaming culture is on the rise, though, according to our Debabrata Nash, who wrote up a pretty eye-opening report on the scene last month. You should read it for some context.

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29 Comments

  1. DarkElfa

    This just in, EA rams stick up customers’s asses!

    OMG, shocking!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Neuromancer

    Greedy bastards.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. For Blood

    Wait a second!!!!!! Are you telling me digital won’t be cheaper and they can just jack up the prices whenever they want???!!! Say it isn’t so!!!! *sarcasm*

    #3 2 years ago
  4. heroes159

    Im from Sri Lanka. Im like 30Km away from india. So i also use Origin Indian store coz it automatically redirected me to Origin store.So this price raise is really bad for me. But i must say this is the right thing to do. EA had to stop Pre-orders & removed Pre-orders from Origin for all of their upcoming games coz of people from EU,US Abusing Indian stores using it to buy Low prices keys. This is the main reason they are doing this price raise. EA did a very good thing by selling low priced games for People in India. Indians & Sri lankans Average salary for a month is about $150. SO most people cant spend 60$ for a single game. But to stop this Price abuse, EA need to raise the price. So you cant Blame EA for this.

    Read this Article also before start Bashing EA
    http://www.indianvideogamer.com/features/eapcindia-indian-pc-gamers-speak-your-mind/21243

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Stardog

    EA are a joke. They charge console prices for 2nd rate PC games.

    If PC was the lead platform, maybe they’d be worth £35.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. nironz

    Origin India = $58, Origin sg = $45 Origin singapore still cheap to pre-order game..

    #6 2 years ago
  7. wowtgp

    I am an unlucky Indian gamer who don’t have any money to buy these games. So, I pirate them. I pirated Witcher, COD, BF series, but I will buy ‘em one day.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. heroes159

    @7 Pirating is the reason, todays gaming indstry gone to shit. Dont do that. Just wait until price drops few months. Nothings gonna hurt. I’m sure if u are using steam , u can buy lots of games for very low price.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Aullah

    @8 No. Its not. At least not the only one. Used game sales do more damage.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Mineral4r7s

    You guys are out of your mind. You know whats really “killing business” its the same shit over and over again. All games are like each other. No wonder no one buys em.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ps3fanboy

    they removed the online passes and this is the way they are gonna recoup the money. the idiocy of ea is getting bigger day by day!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Mineral4r7s

    @11 are they serious? WAHAHAH tahts the funniest thing I have read in ages. Oh man. I am a walking corpse. Ok back to playing games.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. bradk825

    Piracy started the problem as early as the 90s, but used game sales contribute to revenue loss more today. Eventually games on disc will be no more, but I think we’re about to enter a beneficial transition period that will be followed by a butthurting period.

    I think in this generation of consoles disc will still be available, and since developers will make more money on those who buy digital and can’t trade in, they’re going to offer incentives like DLC, bundled services or discounts to buy digital.

    Then, in 8-10 years we’ll see new consoles that don’t play a disc at all, and the incentives will be gone, and the prices won’t be all that flexible, because the disc-based competition will be gone.

    Those are just my guesses of how it will go. In any event, pirating games on console at least will be next to impossible eventually. The games themselves will get better because studios will have bigger budgets (corporations will want to spend the extra revenue instead of keep it to avoid paying dividends to shareholders and lose the money althogether) but we’ll pay more for them.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dirk

    Prices will never drop.
    When piracy and second hand sales are all but eradicated prices will not lower. Anybody that believes they will is an idiot and doesn’t understand what capitalism is.
    Look at Activision and Call of Duty, the game sells VERY well, what did Acti do? they increased the price to make more profit.

    Piracy has been going on for a long time, and long before the 90s, dual cassette deck = win. Second hand sales have been going even longer.

    People may have been “abusing” the system but at least they were paying for the games.
    All EA had to do in this case is region lock purchases, instead they got greedy and raised a finger at their Indian customers.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. MrWaffles

    @7 pirate COD and BF all you want, but don’t tell me you can’t find The Witcher at a GREAT price…. Gog.com just had an amazing sale and TW was dirt cheap.

    If you just rather pirate because games are not app-store-cheap, then just say so.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. GrimRita

    Its funny how EA bitched about Steam when now the real truth emerges about why EA only want their titles on their own spyware – so they can ramp up the prices and make max $$ profits without having to use a middle man.

    Its just taking the piss and has nothing to do with pirating, but has everything to do with greed.

    I was thinking today about PC game prices how they have risen sharply for a triple A title from £30 to almost £49 and over £100 for stupid special editions.

    Maybe if these publishers released a game that actually worked on day #1 more people would buy it on day 1. They will never learn

    #16 2 years ago
  17. bradk825

    @15 Yes, piracy has been around as long as media as been around, I agree with that. I just think the financial impact started increasing in the 90s with the advent of file sharing.

    I also don’t think prices will come down. But that isn’t the only possibility of benefits to come with reduced revenue loss. Like I said, corporations don’t just pocket money, because if they do they are forced to pay dividends to shareholders and bonuses to employees and managers. They will do a little of that sure, because the want the shareholders to keep holding shares and managers to keep liking their job so they don’t leave, but no matter what they do, they can’t keep it, so they prefer to spend it on growth. In gaming that would mean spending it on new engines, world class story writers, voice actors, manpower in development, and we’ll get better games for that money.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. KineticCalvaria

    @13, he’s the writer of it. Don’t laugh at his work!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. redwood

    soooo…. why were they getting subsidized games in the first place?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. noamlol2

    the solution: don’t EA games

    simple as fuck, their games sucks ass anyway

    #20 2 years ago
  21. noamlol2

    #7 he who pirates the witcher deserve to DIE

    may the gods burn your household, your family, and your life be taken by demons you pirating piece of shit

    #21 2 years ago
  22. aseddon130

    I like how India are paying less for no real reason, EA rectify it so they cost the same as me or you pay and you still get on the EA bashing bandwagon.

    Anything to do with EA and you lot are on like a fucking shot. You need a word with yourselves.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. AmiralPatate

    @23
    Yeah, it’s not like it’s a third-world country…

    #23 2 years ago
  24. GK

    salary 150$,game now cost 60$ :D america salary 1000$ and over and games cost 50$ :D and its the “same” for some people :D

    #24 2 years ago
  25. MFBB

    Dosnt change the value of the game.

    Should be sold for its value in every country and not depending on how well that country is doing.

    I know that this dosnt work in reality and will never happen but it still annoys me.

    Same with other products like cars.

    Even german cars that are build here in Germany can be importorted cheaper from the United States etc so you save like 8.0000Euro.

    Build here, send to the US dealerships—>buy and import it back to Germany = save thousands of Euro :)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. AmiralPatate

    It doesn’t change the value of the game, but it does change the value of money.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. MrWaffles

    @22 that, exactly.

    @23 and @26: why not level the playing field in mobile plans then? You’ll hate it if you had to pay what some countries in europe pay for a shitty data plan ;)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. wowtgp

    @22 There is no fuckin choice. And as I have already mentioned, I will buy it sooner rather than later. Didn’t you get it before cursing me? It doesn’t matter anyway.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. shrutesh.kumar

    EA has hundreds of employees in India; they pay them 1/4th of what they pay their employees in the West.

    So how the hell can they justify paying their INDIAN employees at Indian prices and charging the same people US/EUROPE prices for the very same games that they made!!

    I’m not buying EA games anymore, not at 3k, they are not worth it.

    #29 1 year ago

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