Well here’s some pretty huge news. The Court Of Justice of the European Union has just ruled that people should be able to resell downloaded games. In an environment where publishers are trying to destroy basic consumer rights like the ability to resell physical products you’ve paid for, this could be one heck of a turnaround for customers. And that’s no matter what it might say in the EULAs. This could have absolutely enormous implications on how services like Steam, Origin, GamersGate and the like work, and finally restore some rights back to the gamer.
As the article points out, this is a huge blow to digital publishers. It certainly will cut into their profits — one of the advantages was that it was impossible to resell.
At this point, the platforms themselves need to be redesigned in order to allow resale.
It also begs the question — if it’s possible to buy a used, cheaper digital copy, what’s the incentive to buying new? Digital copies don’t get worse over time, and they don’t have added paraphernalia that might not get included in a used copy.
For game publishers, this is definitely bad news. But for me, as a gamer? I just hope this ruling gets transferred to North America.