EA Doesn’t Have A Problem With Second Hand Sales, As They Stand Today
The hot topic that is second hand games is far from over. With Microsoft taking a different stance to Sony, there’s much to still be debated. Will Microsoft see a policy change with regards to how second hand is handled, or will publishers try to coerce Sony into following Microsoft’s ways?
Sony’s stance on second hand titles could potentially lead to a need for increased investment in publication of it own titles. Reason being, perhaps publishers start to favour Microsoft due to cash-back rewards for second hand sales. Of course, this is only an idea and not at all the case, at the moment.
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Perhaps Sony’s stance to allow publishers to incorporate fees, if the publisher wants, could take charge as well. This effectively means that your Sony console is the same as your Microsoft console. However, Sony probably did not discuss this as much because the perception is then, that, “it’s not us, it’s them.” You decide who it really is. I mean, letting it happen is just as bad as doing it, right?
The aforementioned ideas just prove that there is so much to talk about, with regards to second hand. A new idea can sprout into one’s mind at almost any time. Details are yet to be 100 per cent confirmed. The whole story has definitely not yet been released.
Most publishers have declined to comment on the issue, however EA has decided to step up. The company seems to give gamers optimism in a period of confusion.
There is no doubt that EA did indeed know about the systems in place, from both console makers. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that EA strategically removed Online Passes, when they did, to paint a prettier picture about themselves. It was a good move too.
EA seems to be fine with second hand sales, at the moment.
According to Patrick Söderlund, EA Games Label boss: “We don’t have a problem with second hand sales as they are today. We clearly articulated our stance when we abandoned Online Pass.”
“We announced that we have abandoned Online Pass,” Söderlund told Eurogamer. “We’re not doing that any more. And we’re not doing that because we talked to people, our fans and our players, and they said, ‘listen, we don’t want to play our games like this.’ We have to listen to them and we removed it. It’s that simple.”
However, while that is all in order–at the moment–Eurogamer questioned futher. Will the publisher combat second hand sales with next-generation games?
“We obviously have to look at what the first-parties are doing and follow any rules, but we have to scramble after these conferences and come back to what we think is right,” Söderlund replied.
“But again, our general thesis is what the fans tell us they want, we’ll give them.”
EA went as far as saying that they would even look to allowing fans to trade their games freely. However, allowing it is not the issue. EA may still incorporate a small fee to generate revenue from such a practice.
Financially, publishers are probably not willing to stand back and not generate revenues from second hand sales if others are benefitting from that exact practice.
For the initial few months, publishers will watch gamers closely and see what they want. They will not risk upsetting the hardcore crowd, just yet.