Pach-Man Says Online Subscriptions for Sports Games Are Coming

If you’re interested in video games and don’t watch Pach Attack on Game Trailers, then you are dumb. Even when he’s wrong, Pachter without fail provides insight and interesting ideas, and this week he had both. The first question he got this week was about publishers moving to subscription-based online multiplayer for some titles. And you can either watch the video or read the quotes below.

“Ultimately, instead of a $10 code, we’re gonna see a migration to subscription multiplayer. I think it’s gonna be a monthly charge, not a one-time freebie and then you pay ten bucks later. I think EA’s gonna try a sports pass that will be five bucks, ten bucks a month, and you can play all the EA Sports games you want.

“The publishers cannot afford to give this away for free. It’s cannibalizing new game sales, and it’s cannibalizing used game sales. The idea that you can buy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and play it ten hours a week for the rest of your life is crazy.”

To me, what EA is doing now with the Online Pass and the nickel and dime-ing on NCAA Football 11 online dynasties and TeamBuilder is warming up gamers to this idea. Yes, it may be rough and uncomfortable foreplay, but once it becomes the norm, it’ll feel correct. And his point about Modern Warfare 2 is absolutely correct, so stop being such whiny children, cheapskates.

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