Take-Two “highly skeptical” of subscriptions such as Xbox Game Pass being the primary way games are distributed

By Stephany Nunneley
7 November 2020 15:59 GMT

Rockstar parent company doesn’t think subscription services such as EA Play are the future.

Speaking during a call to investors, Take-Two president, Karl Slatoff, said while the firm remains open-minded, it’s “highly skeptical”  subscriptions such as Xbox Game Pass will be the “primary way that interactive entertainment is distributed.”

“We’re highly skeptical that subscriptions will be the only way or the primary way “highly skeptical”  subscriptions such as Xbox Game Pass that interactive entertainment is distributed,” said Slatoff.

“And that’s because of the way people consume it. And the price point for owning a title, which is very reasonable and very, very low, actually, on a per hour basis.

“So I think it’s unlikely that subscription sort of plants from my video game, failed as the primary business model. Subscriptions can play a role in delivering catalog. We’ve supported numerous subscriptions, subscription offerings with catalog titles, I imagine we’ll continue to do so. And in any case, at the end of the day, the consumer will decide and we will be where the consumer is.”

Game services such as Xbox Game Pass and EA Play are doing rather well for Microsoft and Electronic Arts, respectively.

Xbox Game Pass currently has over 15 million subscribers, and in its recent call to investors, EA announced its service has 6.5 million paid subscribers.

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