(Credit: Joe Raedley/Getty Images)If you play lots of video games, it’s a safe bet you’re pretty familiar with the delights of the used games market -- and if for some reason you’re not, you should be. It’s the perfect way to turn games you’re no longer playing into fresh, shiny new ones, and a handy method of getting some payback from your habit. What’s not to like?
Plenty, if you’re a game publisher or developer. They only make money from a game’s original purchaser, so as far as they’re concerned, used buyers are getting the game for free. And the amount of money on the table is considerable; used game products account for more than half of retail giant GameStop’s not-insignificant profits.
It’s hardly surprising, then, that publishers are fighting back -- and their tactics could spell the end of the used games market for good.
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