Want Revenue From Used Games? Just Have GameStop Buy DLC Codes For The Customer
from the that's-one-way dept
We all know that many game companies are really upset about being locked out of the used games revenue stream. Warner happens to be one of those companies. With the release of Batman: Arkham City, Warner is giving a free code to new game buyers that lets the gamer play as Catwoman during the game. If you buy the game used, you will need to buy a new code to access Catwoman. That is if you buy it used anywhere other than GameStop.
According to a memo sent to Kotaku, Warner and GameStop have partnered up to give free codes to buyers of used copies of Batman. Granted, GameStop is most likely paying for these codes for the customer and is most likely getting them at a discounted rate. This happens to be a great deal for both companies and even some customers. Warner gets the satisfaction of capturing used game revenue with a reduced risk of customers deciding not to buy the redemption code. GameStop gets a leg up on the competition which don’t have the same deal. Finally, customers of GameStop don’t have to shell out the extra cash to play as Catwoman.
This is an interesting move on Warner’s part. GameStop is the poster child for the evils of used games, according to many games industry veterans. However, even the toughest critic of GameStop’s policies recognizes the power this one brand has over the game consumer, thus the deal. If GameStop is willing to make such a deal with Warner, would they be willing to do the same with other companies such as EA or Ubisoft?
Of course, there are additional ramifications to consider. How will this affect the relationship with other game stores, both in and outside the US, which don’t have the same leveraging power? Will those smaller stores be coerced into deals that are not as sweet for them and their customers? Regardless of the ramifications, it is nice to see a company actually be proactive about capturing used games revenue rather than just complain and punish players. Why can’t more companies act this way?