Buying a A Game Used Is More Harmful Than Pirating a Game, Says Lionhead Employee
How much money does a developer see from a pirated game? $0. How much money does a developer see from a used game sale? $0. Which of those is more likely to lead to a new game sale? The pirated game, obviously, although the chances are certainly not great that that will happen.
“For us it’s probably a no-lose even with piracy as it is. But, as I say, second-hand sales cost us more in the long-run than piracy these days.”
He’s optimistic about piracy because, he says, any money they make on the PC version of Fable III is just frosting after the rather robust Xbox 360 sales.
Here’s a question for people who know about these things: What is the percentage of used game purchasers who buy DLC as compared to new game purchasers?