GameStop: Consoles Banning Used Games Is Unlikely
Posted on Thursday, March 22 @ 12:39:15 PST by Nicholas Tan
In an investor call with Eurogamer, GameStop has flicked away the rumor that any next-generation console will disallow used games. GameStop CEO Paul Raines doesn't see why they would hurt the video game economy with this kind of ballsy move:
Of course, since GameStop gets money hand over fist with used games, they believe the market for used games don't take away from new game sales at all:
The pre-owned business is not a cannibalistic business. If you follow the popular conventional wisdom, you would think pre-owned is replacing new. The truth is, pre-owned is an opening price-point category. The average price is $18. A lot of it is old generation. What is is is a category for the customer who's maybe not ready to invest in a new game, but wants to get into the console business and console entertainment.What GameStop excludes is that many people spend used game credit on, well, more used games...
However, I don't see a console that bans used game sales as a smart idea. How would you ever gift someone a game you've played? And what would happen to GameFly? It's just too invasive for everyone, the video game industry included.
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