EA: Second-Hand Games a "Critical Situation"

Electronic Arts considers second-hand game sales a "critical situation" reports GamesIndustry.biz in a bit of from an interview with EA's Jens Uwe Intat that will published in its entirety tomorrow. According to Intat, senior VP and general manager for European publishing at EA, the publisher is experimenting with a number of different business models to combat the problem of the same game being sold and resold to different users. He points out that games have a unique problem compared to most other goods sold on secondary markets because they do not degrade with use. To address this, he says: "What we're trying to do is build business models that are more and more online-supported with additional services and additional content that you get online. So people will see the value in not just getting that physical disc to play at home alone, but actually playing those games online and paying for them."
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It's worth pointing out that for the last few years EA has been pulling the plug on most of their titles after only a year or two.

Pay near full price for an old used game and then have EA pull the plug on it and make it worthless right after you buy it ? I don't think so.

Online activation is garbage. Remember companies like Trygames/Trymedia ? All those people who payed for online activation are now completely out of luck now that Real Networks bought them out and stopped supporting most of their titles. They are by no means alone and even more will follow.

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