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EA on "Pirates As A Marketplace"

"I Think Of Pirates As A Marketplace" is the grabber headline of an interview with John Riccitiello on Kotaku, where the EA CEO discusses the growing trend of using DLC as a fulcrum to prevent piracy and curtail used-game sales. He says "They can steal the disc, but they can't steal the DLC," though a later update acknowledges that piracy of DLC is not actually unheard of. "I don't think anybody should pirate anything," Riccitiello clarifies. "I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do."

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140. Re: Pirates a Marketplace Dec 15, 2009, 00:34 Jerykk
When you buy a game at retail you do not reward developers. Retailers have purchased those games from the publishers, and the publishers have already paid the developers.

The number of new copies that a game sells makes a difference. If they sell out, they have to buy more copies. If they sell used copies, they are far less likely to sell out. The more new copies a game sells, the more likely the developer is to see a profit.

In the end we're not buying the experience of playing the game, we're buying a physical box, disc, manual, etc.

I guess that's where we differ. I don't buy games so I can play them. I can do that for free. I don't buy games so I can get boxes and manuals. I don't care about those. I buy games so that developers can keep making the games I like.

Piracy in any form, just making copies, or duplicating discs and sell those doesn't put any money back into the industry.

That's assuming that the people who sell pirated games don't use that money to buy new games. Just like assuming that people who sell used games use that money to buy new games. There are no statistics to support or refute either.

It increases demand for the new games when people see used games selling at good prices.

That increases demand for used copies of those games. If people can get something for less, that's what they'll do most of the time. If used sales didn't exist, more people would buy new games.
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