Online Pass 'hasn't harmed pre-owned market'
7th Oct 2010 | 08:40
Pre-owned charges such as EA's Online Pass haven't harmed the second-hand market, according to retailer GAME.
Certain publishers have chosen to lock online features behind a single-use code which stops second-hand players from accessing them without buying an additional code.
But GAME's CEO Ian Shepherd has said that these kind of measures haven't seen a decline in activity in the pre-owned market.
"Certainly, publishers are using content to extend the life of games to extend the reasons to keep them - that's a good thing, as it's good for us and we'll sell more of the games," he told MCV.
"But these 'second user charges' haven't diminished interest in pre-owned games," he added. "We've not seen the changes in the commercial nature of how some games have launched make any impact on the trade-in category. It's still a strong part of our business."
But if the 'war on pre-owned' hasn't affected second-hand sales, does that mean we're all happy to pay for these one-time passes?
Let us know where you stand.