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GOG cancels regional pricing plans

Monday, 17th March 2014 01:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

GOG has axed plans for localised pricing after users expressed resistance to the idea, and will make up any contractually obligated price discrepancies out of its own funds.

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In February, GOG announced it would introduce support for local currencies, because publishers often insist on regional RRPs rather than GOG’s usual worldwide flat USD price.

As this would likely mean higher RRPs in some regions (Europe, Australia and the UK typically pay higher prices for games than the US after currency conversion), fans reacted badly. CD Projekt has therefore decided not to implement regional pricing, saying in a blog post that it will be sticking to its policies of DRM-Free and Fair Price regardless of consequences.

“We thought DRM-Free was so important that you’d prefer we bring you more DRM-Free games and Fair Price was less critical and that it could be sacrificed in some cases. The last two week’s worth of comments in our forums (nearly 10k!), show that’s not the case,” the company said.

“We didn’t listen and we let you down. We shouldn’t sacrifice one of our core values in an attempt to advance another. We feel bad about that, and we’re sorry.”

Because some publishers simply won’t agree to both DRM-Free and Fair Price, CD Projekt will have to accept that some games just can’t be published on GOG.

For those games it has already agreed to release through GOG which publishers and distributors insist on regional pricing for, CD Projekt RED will charge regional pricing but return the price difference to users in $6 and $10 game codes. Later, it will be able to provide exact store credit. This refund will come out of the company’s own funds.

To date, three games are affected by this policy – Age of Wonders 3, Divinity: Original Sin, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Local currency support is still on the cards, the company said, but users will always have the choice of which currency to use.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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7 Comments

  1. ChristopherJack

    Aww that’s so sweet :P

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Revolting

    As much as I love Steam, Valve could learn a lot from this; their international pricing discrepancies are just plain offensive. Not that Steam will ever change; their pricing scheme has been firmly in place for far too many years, and reimbursing people would mean suidzillion gazillions of pennies. Good for CD Projekt, though, hopefully GOG will continue to flourish as a launch platform, not just a nostalgia haven.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Arnvidr

    Hilarious that it will affect their own game, but much love to them for doing this. Maybe it can be a little nudge to some publishers to stop using regional pricing.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. Tormenter

    This is BULLSHIT.

    They shouldn’t be paying it themselves, they should be telling those publishers who don’t want to participate in fair non-regional pricing to FUCK OFF.

    I started to support GOG BECAUSE of their business terms.. NOT THE GAMES, they are a side-benefit.

    Gog ‘swallowing’ the difference is DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSITE to their original, and FOUNDING tenants.. NO REGIONAL PRICING…that is a DEFINITE statement.. no wiggle room.. it DOES NOT STATE “we’ll swallow the deficit from playing ball with other publishers who won’t participate in fair practices, it DOES state that they will not be involved in Regional pricing…. THERE IS A FUCKING VERY IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE HERE.

    Fuck GOG.. it’s as simple as that.. now that they have a taste for the munnies the greed is creeping in, the compromising of the original vision, what they don’t understand is that there are people for whom their business practices were what made all the difference.

    I was one of those people, and because of this.. and previous distasteful decisions, GOG can bounce on my middle finger for any more money from me.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. infernalism

    @Tormenter
    “Because some publishers simply won’t agree to both DRM-Free and Fair Price, CD Projekt will have to accept that some games just can’t be published on GOG.”

    It affects THREE games, probably because it was more detrimental for them to go back on their agreements with them, than to simply soak the damage themselves, and it won’t happen again from what they are saying. They are done with regional pricing, and those three titles are a price of a failed experiment, paid by GOG themselves.

    You can mistrust that statement, but they did exactly what you wanted, until they go back on this.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. Tormenter

    Fool

    It doesn’t affect THREE games.. it affects three games AT THE MOMENT.. This is where their new policy is headed.. So, NO!.

    I want no part of it.

    And NO… their direction is DIAMETRICALLY opposite to where it was headed in the first place and where it is headed now.. they DID NOT do what I want….. You simple can’t process the difference between the two stances.

    #6 7 months ago
  7. TheWulf

    What #5 said.

    I do feel bad for them, though, that they’re having to pay the difference. That leaves me feeling a bit conflicted, but it shows the sorry state of affairs when it comes to regional pricing that, to ‘do the right thing,’ a store has to do so out of their own pocket. Not many are going to be willing to make that leap.

    I’m not surprised that it was GoG who were the first to do so. Maybe others will follow, and maybe they won’t, we’ll see.

    #7 7 months ago

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