Echoing the comments of Blitz Games founder Andrew Oliver, Lionhead producer Mike West has claimed that piracy is far less of a problem when compared to the impact the pre-owned market is having on publishers and developers.
“Piracy these days on PC is probably less problematic than second-hand sales on the Xbox,” claimed West, speaking to Eurogamer. “I’ve been working on PC games for many years and piracy is always a problem. There are a lot of honest people out there as well, and if they like your game they’ll buy it.”
We covered the issue of pre-owned games extensively in a feature late last year. Particularly in Australia, the pre-owned market is the area in which retail outlets are making the most profit.
And according to some executives in retail, the pre-owned market is an area where most large publishers are starting to let their guard down – attempting to use it to their advantage as opposed to demonising the process. Some publishers are actually attempting to work with specialised retail outlets such as EB and Game, creating offers that entice gamers with extra value trade in bonuses towards new games.
Perhaps there is some sort of compromise here?
Lionhead: Pre-owned worse than PC Piracy [Eurogamer]