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EA: Second-hand sales are a "critical situation"

Publishing giant Electronic Arts has said that it's currently trying multiple new business models to help battle the critical problem of second-hand videogame sales.

While retailers reap the benefits of selling the same product multiple times, publishers and developers don't see any income once a title hits the second-hand market. But realising it's powerless to stop retail from selling second-hand goods, EA is looking to combat the problem by capturing the consumer with online content and services.

"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," said Jens Uwe Intat, senior VP and general manager for European publishing at EA, speaking exclusively to GamesIndustry.biz.

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morganfell3581d ago

Here is a solution. Stop making ass games that people quit playing after the first level and stop making games that have absolutely zero replay value.

EA should start to realize where a large portion of the blame lies and man up.

newneto3581d ago

For a fair price I can get all games via PSN. I like the way it works.

InMyOpinion3581d ago

Give us reasons to keep the games longer.

Mode23581d ago (Edited 3581d ago )

Seriously. I completely and wholeheartedly agree with you. Back in the day I could never have even imagined selling any of my NES, SNES, Genesis, 64, PSX, or Dreamcast games. Now I feel like selling almost every game that I have every few months or so because they get absolutely no play or are just completely dull after the first play-through (IMO *cough* GTA IV *cough* XD). I can't sell Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, Ico, Halo: CE, Fable, Oblivion or a multitude of other games I just keep coming back to or just love the thought of long-term owning.

Lord Shuhei Yoshida3581d ago

So EA wants used money revenue too.EA,how is that new console you guys are working on doing?

Spydiggity3581d ago

if it were up to EA, they'd hold us all at gun point and force us to buy their unpolished, rushed games.

this is just another example of corporations forcing their 'law' onto the people. and they'll get away with it too. they'll buy a few politicians and the sheep population will lay there and take it.

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