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GameStop Reacts to Rumors of Used Game Blocking from Upcoming Systems


Marcus Estrada

There are more and more retailers which have begun dealing in reselling used games, but GameStop is the leader of that pack. As it stands, they manage to make half their profit off of used games, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever traded in a game there. As such, all the rumors swirling around Sony and Microsoft's latest consoles have got them talking.

 

In an e-mail to Bloomberg, GameStop spokesman Matt Hodges shared his company's opinions on what anti-used consoles would result in:

 

“We know the desire to purchase a next-generation console would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games, limit portability or not play new physical games.”

 

Regardless of how you feel about GameStop and their practices, they do not believe that either console will block access to used games. They also are of the opinion that the majority of gamers still want to be able to buy used. If it turns out that GameStop is wrong then they'll need to work very hard to find a new stream of revenue. When yesterday's Xbox rumors broke, their stock dropped 6%. It would go much lower if any of these rumors turn out to actually be true.

 

 

Would you be less interested in buying the upcoming Xbox or PlayStation systems if they blocked access to used games?

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