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Mon, Feb 23, 2009 | 13:47 GMT
Xbox Europe boss Chris Lewis has told GI that second-hand games are just something the industry has to live with.
“I’m a fan of the ecosystem overall,” he said.
“I can see the positive in it, because I can see that what you then get is more and more people touching, playing, experiencing a game that they may not otherwise have access to.
“I think you’ve got to try and extract some positive from it, and that’s undoubtedly a good factor – a positive swirl of ecosystem that results.
“Clearly it’s a reality, and certain retailers are very focused and spend a lot of time on it. It’s good business for them.”
The exec’s comments come after Gamestop boss J Paul Raines said at DICE last week that used game sales don’t harm full-price products.
Thu, Aug 28, 2008 | 19:35 BST
Speaking to GI, EA European publishing boss Jens Uwe Intat as called time on selling second-hand games, saying the situation is “critical.”
“I’d actually make the point that for us second-hand sales is a very critical situation, because people are selling multiple times intellectual property,” he said.
“What we’re trying to do is build business models that are more and more online-supported with additional services and additional content that you get online. So people will see the value in not just getting that physical disc to play at home alone, but actually playing those games online and paying for them.”
More through there.
Tue, Feb 05, 2008 | 21:13 GMT
Excellent article here about the used games business, specifically in relation to US retailer GameStop. It lays bare the numbers and thinking behind secondhand games and shows some pretty startling facts about the reality of high street games retail.
“Let me offer some perspective. GameStop is currently selling a new copy of Halo 3 for $60 and a used copy for $55. Let’s assume – and it is a fairly big assumption – that the numbers above apply to this specific software title,” said journalist Matt Matthews. “If they sell you the new copy, then they get to take home $13 out of the $60, roughly speaking. If they sell you the used copy, then they get to take home $27 out of the $55, again roughly speaking. This isn’t rocket science. GameStop will obviously want to sell you a used copy if they have one.”
Definitely read this. It’s always nice to know where your money’s going.