New Digital Store To Sell "Pre-Owned" Games

Green Man Gaming, a company based in the United Kingdom, is about to launch a digital download shopfront for the PC with a difference, claiming its store will be able to offer "pre-owned" digital sales.

"Previously the minute you had paid and downloaded your game it had no resale value", says Gian Luzio, Green Man's COO. "This is extremely expensive for the gamer and does not encourage the consumer to try new genres or franchises. Our leading edge technology gives downloaded games a value that gamers can trade-in at any time".

To answer your inevitable question of "how will this work?", Luzio says, "We will pay significant royalties to the publisher each time the game is traded in perpetuity". As for your inevitable follow-up questions, like "how much will pre-owned games cost?" and "who's going to determine the value of trade-ins?", sadly those are going to have to wait until Green Man launches sometime around March.


    This is an interesting idea. Nice to see someone attempt to be able to sell games in a digital format, whilst hopefully paying the publishers their due. Who knows if it will really work, but I'd keep an eye on this.

    This is a good idea. The reason I don't usually buy games digitally is because I can't sell them once I'm done.

    sniff sniff .. . I'll miss you N64 cardboard boxes of glory.

    I'm sorry but i can't see this working well -- they claim that they will be paying the devlopers "significant royalties" per sale, the cost difference between new and used games and what user selling the game gets and where does that leave green man's own profit?

    These games may not have resale value, but they certainly have replay value. As long as the seller has a good DRM policy, you have infinite rights to download and use the game. And I think that is well worth the price you pay online.

    I watched a person sell his PS3 on Ebay. It had like 30 full downloaded games. But in the end the system sold for extremely cheap considering the games were "downloads" Point being the new owner cannot resell the games. He's lucky if he can even access the games (He would need original owners account information to gain access) Are sellers willing to provide vital personal information along w/ the digital games they're trying to sell? I don't think so. Downloaded games are as valuable as a picture of gold. I see no value in downloaded content. I do however make such purchases, such as the modern warfare map packs for 15.00. I do this knowing I'll never be able to get my money back. but for 15.00 I get enough enjoyment out of it to deal w/ the loss.

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