GameStop Looking Into Used Digital Content
GameStop, the current leader in used game sales and being assholes about those used games, are looking to start selling second-hand digital content. In a recent interview with GameSpot, GameStop CEO Paul Raines said:
“It’s very interesting. There are some technologies out there in Europe, and we’ve looked at a couple that are involved. We’re interested; it’s not a meaningful business yet. Right now we’re not seeing that as a huge market, but I think we’re on the leading edge. There are a few companies, a few start-ups, out there that we’ve talked to that are doing this.”
Raines refused to actually say who the companies were that have figured out how to make used digital games real because he didn’t want GameStop’s competitors “rushing in.”
The idea of used digital games is actually pretty cool. I know I have a bunch of downloaded games that I never play anymore that are just sitting on my hard drive gathering digital dust. It would be great to be able to trade those in and get some money in one form or another. But with this GameStop and all you would probably only get like 20 cents for a new digital title that cost you $15 then turn around and sell it for $14.99.