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EA Sports, the hottest sports gamemaker around, is setting a new trend, saying you'll have to pay double to play your used games fully. You'll first have to buy the game at the store, and you'll then have to pay EA $10 to reactivate multiplayer services.  (Source: Daily Radar)
GameStop will be helping Electronic Arts implement its scheme

Electronic Arts is the king of the sports game market with hot upcoming titles including NCAA Football 11, NHL 11, Madden NFL 11, NBA 11, FIFA 11, and EA Sports MMA.  Now it has made a controversial decision concerning all of those titles -- it will lock players who buy used copies out of online multiplayer.

When it comes to sports games, a multiplayer mode is one of the chief draws.  And now that the internet allows playing with fans all over the world, online multiplayer provides massive amounts of fun.

Purchasers of a used game get locked out of that goodness.  "Online services, features and bonus content" will all be covered by a one time code, that won't work for the new purchaser.  EA describes, "You will be unable to play multiplayer online game modes or use your downloaded content in online game modes."

Used purchasers do gain access to a 7 day trial, but they will have to purchase a $10 pass if they want to continue to play online.

EA claims its all about offering its customers more, "This is an important inflection point in our business because it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhance premium online services to the entire robust EA SPORTS online community."

Ultimately, the slick move is likely designed to help it rake in bigger profits, though.  Many purchasers will likely pay the $10 fee to renew their online access.

Retailer GameStop is partnering with EA to implement the plan.  States GameStop Corp. Chief Executive Officer, Dan DeMatteo, "GameStop is excited to partner with such a forward-thinking publisher as Electronic Arts.  This relationship allows us to capitalize on our investments to market and sell downloadable content online, as well as through our network of stores worldwide."

GameStop recent landed itself in a bit of trouble when it was caught selling used games which it claimed they were new.  Hopefully it doesn't try that again, this time around.

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They're going to reduce the price right?
By nafhan on 5/11/2010 9:51:59 AM , Rating: 2
Since the resale value is lower, they'll reduce the price, right? Never mind, it's EA... Seriously, providing value by charging more money? Don't they already accomplish about the same thing by coming out with new versions on a yearly basis?
Here's my suggestion: wait until the games are a year or two old and buy them new from the value bin for $10.

By callmeroy on 5/11/2010 10:00:38 AM , Rating: 3
Oh yeah that's a whole other topic that gets me steamed these days....remember back even 20 or 30 years...if new way came along of saving the retailer money the savings was passed on to us as the it just me or does anyone else notice that model is largely abandoned these days?

Prime example in a game buying context...New FPS Game costs $59.99 from your local game store....same time is available on a service like Direct2Drive for.....$59.99.....


Are you really going to BS me about convenience fee (arguably the most retarded excuse for a fee in the history of business)...are you really going to tell me your costs are the SAME to do an electronic delivery of a product to me as a physical store that has overhead (utilities, rent, employees, shipping costs, insurance) not to mention shelf space is limited and valuable -- plus packaging costs...the box, the DVD, the manual, etc?

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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