France wants people to resell digital goods? That’s a big deal because it will not be any different from e-books and any software. Wow. This might really damage income for companies relating to those if this decision extends to all digital goods.
But as far as digital games…
If the game is sold back to the game developer, it will definitely harm sales because companies do not expect full or partial refunds at any time. Normally companies got around this because they claim the item lost value after it was purchased. But a digital good did not change or lose value after it was purchased. It is exactly the same as when it was purchased. Ouch if they have this burden.
If the game is sold back to Steam, I expect a lot of refunds and steam to lose a lot of money. Their refund policy is to stop people from buying it, finishing the game, and refunding it right? It seems like there is no limit with this. Steam will definitely have to counter with some policy that limits the refund as much as possible since people will be reselling their entire played library.
If the game is sold from person to person, this is going to wreck the gaming economy. When an economy is in the hands of a group of people, a lot of scummy things can happen. A mini-marketplace where people take advantage of any built-in economic systems.
For example, lets say one guy buys 1000 digital copies of one game. He makes a side business selling these same 1000 digital copies but actually rents them out for a time period to trusted “subscribers”. When the subscribers are done, they sell the digital copy back to the main guy and he sells it again. The same game getting resold several times all over the internet. I can see a lot of people relating it to piracy even though it is one digital product. And gaming companies will definitely hate this because, isn’t this why they moved to digital downloads? So they can avoid game stop and the reselling of games?
Hmmm. Well, despite all the negative aspects, I guess I can support it because it gives more power to the consumer. But I expect a lot of problems in the gaming industry in response to this.
PS. This might save Game Stop. lol.
implementing a 2nd hand market is the possibility of being hijacked and getting every game from your library sold to dirt cheap prices
I didn’t even think of that. That would be scary. Valve would open themselves to a whole group of hackers trying to destroy their platform and get a few bucks.