While consumers are less than thrilled with EA’s "Online Pass" plans, GameStop seems almost giddy about the prospect. During its quarterly investor conference call, the country’s biggest games retailer said that it has not seen an impact from EA’s "pay-wall," or "Project $10" initiatives.
The company also said that initiatives like "Project $10" can serve as a way to educate consumers on the existence of DLC that they might not know about. He also added that most used game buyers don’t play online, which is absolute rubbish (do you really think people that play Madden don’t play online?). Here’s some more from GameStop CEO Dan DeMatteo:
"There have been some questions concerning first user only content and the effect on our used business," said DeMatteo. "We have not seen an impact thus far and as a matter of fact, we will turn this into a positive with our ability to sell DLC through our investments made in technology to market and sell this content in our stores."
GameStop added that it is "looking forward to the launch of EA’s Online Pass," – which will charge used game buyers $10 for access to play sports games online – and that second hand game consumers are not "regular online players."
As GameStop says, "power to the players." Do you feel the power now?