Submitted by Gekko 1165d ago | opinion piece

Gamestop selling used digital games - not gonna happen

Currently Gamestop makes the vast majority of its profits off of used game sales. Gamestop typically pays a small amount for a used games it buys from a customer - much less than it pays game publishers for new copies. It then sells the used copy for nearly the same price as a new one.

This works great for Gamestop, but probably not so great for publishers. The above transaction gives money to the used game seller and Gamestop, but not the people who created the game. (Culture, GameStop, Industry, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

matt1991  +   1165d ago
Its kinda funny the developers are mad at Gamestop yet they give gamestop exclusive bonuses for pre ordering there game.
lsujester  +   1165d ago
But they WANT Gamestop to sell the new games, that's money for the publishers. More likely to buy it new if there are incentives.
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matt1991  +   1165d ago
but if Best Buy, Amazon, and any other retailer has bonuses wouldn't that take money away from Gamestop?

I think it would be easy for Developers/Publishers to somewhat scare Gamestop into giving them some of the profit of used game sales.
Ares84HU  +   1165d ago
There is no such thing as used digital game. Do people know how stupid that even sounds?
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Machioto  +   1165d ago
Glad you commented on oxymoronic head line.
Lord_Sloth  +   1165d ago
I came in here to say this but I see somebody beat me to it.
brish  +   1165d ago
Used (adjective)
1. previously used or owned; secondhand: a used car.
2. showing wear or being worn out.
3. employed for a purpose; utilized.


Digital copies don't wear out so the second definition can't apply but the first definition can.

The point of a "used digital game" is that when a person is finished with the game they can sell the rights to the game to another user.

"The Court of Justice of the European Union yesterday ruled that it’s illegal to prevent the sale of used digital licenses. ..."

"GameStop is apparently paying close attention to the recent decision by the European High Court that digital purchases could legally be resold."
jwk94  +   1165d ago
Europe just passed a law that will allow people to sell used digital games.

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