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EA has made $10 - $15 million off Online Pass

Gamasutra: "This year, EA introduced its Online Pass, which directly combats the used games market by offering one-time use codes to play its EA Sports games online. Those obtaining used copies of the game must purchase an additional $10 pass from EA to play online."

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littletad2477d ago

Yeah... and in the end, our ownership rights and wallets have drained. I'm still amazed people would buy such a pass to begin with. These days, you're just no longer getting a full game experience with your purchase.

iamnsuperman2477d ago

"These days, you're just no longer getting a full game experience with your purchase" maybe a used game. I saw in Game £15 for a used MOH or £20 new. Of course I went with £20 new and I got my full game experience. Cheap used games are either broken or really really old (talking last generation). Just buy it new. We are talking minimal differences here

gamingdroid2477d ago (Edited 2477d ago )

Where you able to lend that "new" copy of the game to your friend and was he able to go online?

If not, enjoy lesser freedom with your game while you praise them. After all, the industry "needed" your money. Especially EA whom made $210 million last quarter.

This online pass isn't beneficial to consumers at all. It's designed as a money grab and ONLY benefits the publisher.

iamnsuperman2477d ago (Edited 2477d ago )

And that would be like sharing songs and look what that has done to the music industry with artist releasing free/extreme cheap songs because song sales are not as strong/ not making a great deal of money. They make their money from touring and concerts and publicity. Its a method to stop piracy/sharing games in its tracks before it becomes to much of a problem. You can't do what the music industry has to do and release major games at 69p If they wanted to play online the online pass is only around £7

gamingdroid2477d ago (Edited 2477d ago )

Really?

Because, last I checked EA made $210 million! The industry survived before without Online Passes and the market is among the biggest it has ever been, but all of a sudden "we need to support it more"?

Not to mention the fact that, publishers are overstepping their boundary and essentially demanding a cut of the second hand sale. No other industry does that. None!

Movies face the exact same issue, cost equally as much if not more to make, sold at a lower cost and just like video games licenses their stuff.

The music industry is doing just fine, and while the retail sales are down, the digital sales are up! Artists are making money and music publishers are making money.

However, if you think it is only £7, feel free to send them a check directly and cut out the middle man!

***And that would be like sharing songs and look what that has done to the music industry with artist releasing free/extreme cheap songs because song sales are not as strong/ not making a great deal of money.***

They don't make a great deal of money because publishers are taking it all. Not because, lots of money isn't made! However, artists do have an alternative way of making money and once famous they make more money in one sitting than I do an entire year.

iamnsuperman2477d ago (Edited 2477d ago )

@gamingdroid just because it survived before doesn't mean it will. Times have changed and technology has as well.

The movie industry is compensation by doubling the price of films. It was £3 to see a film not it is £6 for being a student. They are finding this is not working as well and so cinemas are putting in night vision tech to catch people recording. The discs have anti theft tech on them but they are getting by passed by new tech. The next step for them was to release a free digital version which is becoming more common place but that hasn't worked either.

The reason why artist are making money is through concert and advertising and that area of music not single sales. It has got better from a download point because not it is 69p to buy a song. Not really an advantage to illegally download the songs any more because it is only 69p. It is unrealistic to go this route for gaming

I buy my games new because then I know they are not broken and if they are I can swap it easily and also because in most cases it is cheaper than buying an online pass and the game. The online pass is a consequence of advancement in technology.

gamingdroid2477d ago (Edited 2477d ago )

***The movie industry is compensation by doubling the price of films. It was £3 to see a film not it is £6 for being a student. They are finding this is not working as well and so cinemas are putting in night vision tech to catch people recording. The discs have anti theft tech on them but they are getting by passed by new tech. The next step for them was to release a free digital version which is becoming more common place but that hasn't worked either***

The movie industry is doing fine, contrary to your belief and what studios tell you so you will pony up. Publishers have the biggest budget movies ever even in this sh!tty economy.

The increased movie ticket cost is due to inflation as well as they gouging you. That Snickers you bought a decade ago was cheaper in price than it is now.

Besides what makes you think the industry is dying, when the size of the market is the biggest it has ever been without Online Passes?

***Not really an advantage to illegally download the songs any more because it is only 69p. It is unrealistic to go this route for gaming***

I belive in capitalism, which means a product is worth whatever people are willing to pay for it. That is why I vote with my wallet and grudgingly have to accept if Online Passes becomes the standard (which it is).

That said, if you look at the industry now, there are far more indie developers out making money than ever, publishers are the biggest they have been and console makers are all doing fine.

So tell me, why do they need the money for online pass? Heck, the PC industry who has insane amount of piracy still sees games released for it! Increasing control isn't going to prevent piracy, heck DRM hasn't. Only lower prices has as seen with the music industry, which likely means the product is over priced.

***I buy my games new because then I know they are not broken and if they are I can swap it easily and also because in most cases it is cheaper than buying an online pass and the game. The online pass is a consequence of advancement in technology.***

I buy them new too, but it doesn't mean I have to support *less freedom* with my games. I'm a paying customer, so why are publishers focusing on pirates? Imagine if you went into a retail store as a paying customer, but the employees focus the thieves and was inconveniencing you!

Publishers want more money, offer more! That is why I support DLC, despite the fact that they are over priced. It is an additional offering, not taking a privilege, reducing it and re-selling it to you!

Bottom line, don't believe what publishers are telling you!!

JoGam2477d ago (Edited 2477d ago )

Stop having broke friends. Tell them to buy their own game. No you can't hold my damn game, go buy your own.

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toxic-inferno2477d ago

There is no way to hide it; Online Passes are ONLY designed to draw more money into the large corporations. They don't really benefit anyone else at all.

sonicsidewinder2477d ago (Edited 2477d ago )

Probobly a shit load more $$$ than if they got the money for the pre-owned games they're combating.

5119ent2476d ago

I bought one..but I paid 25 dollars for madden 11 day after it was released...craigslist

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