As a result of the settlement to a class-action lawsuit, all California GameStop stores must put up signs warning customers that they'll have to pay extra to access 'free' DLC advertised on the boxes of used games. Typically, such content is only free to the original purchaser.
The warnings are mandated for the next two years, online as well as in California brick-and-mortar stores. Mark Pifko, an attorney with law firm Baron & Budd, made the following statement to the press:
"The in-store and online warnings are an important benefit under the settlement as well, because if GameStop discloses the truth to consumers, it is unlikely that they will be able to continue selling used copies of certain games for only $5 less than the price of a new copy. In fact, we already know that not long after the lawsuit was filed, GameStop lowered prices for used copies of many of the game titles identified in the lawsuit."
This isn't the first time GameStop's consumer practices have drawn criticism. Last year, a firestorm of protest was kicked off when they removed free coupons for the OnLive gaming service from boxes containing the sci-fi shooter/adventure Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
- California law