GameStop: Used Games Do So Totally Help The Industry!

Gamasutra has posted an article about the used games business that yields surprisingly interesting information from Tony Bartel, the President of GameStop. I say surprisingly because it contains actual substance, rather than what I expected, which is that Bartel would make Gamasutra stand in an excruciatingly slow line for an hour, which never makes sense because you can totally see three of him at the counter so why the hell haven’t they been able to ask their question yet, only to discover that Bartel hasn’t heard of Fez.

I kid, I kid.

But seriously, the whole article is worth checking out, but the quote from Bartel shows GameStop going on the offensive against an industry increasingly of the opinion that used games hurt the business. In response to charges that used game sales cause a decline in first buyer sales, he said:

“We are giving them 17 percent toward the purchase of their games today. We have that form of unfunded discount that we give to the publishers.”

What do you think, Game Fronters? I’m personally on team used games.

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3 Comments on GameStop: Used Games Do So Totally Help The Industry!


On July 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

People seem to forget that the Used Game market has existed since consoles came out. I remember as a kid in the early 90s, going to the Comic book shop and buying used Sega Genesis cartridges for like 10 bucks a piece (granted they didn’t come with the box or manual), and I can pretty much guarantee that the publisher wasn’t making any money off of that.


On July 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I buy used games because it’s cheaper. The developer isn’t losing money from me, because I wouldn’t buy it for full price in the first place. If you want me to buy a game new for something I’m not 100% sure of, then you lower the price.


On July 27, 2012 at 4:47 am

Yeah yeah, Im all for used games. However, Im not on “Team Gamestop”. I think that franchise is just as greedy and corrupt as the companies trying to ban the sale of secondhand games.