While GameStop might be on board with it, the owner of a Columbus, Ohio independent videogame store (Level One Games) is “completely appalled” at Electronic Arts’ Online Pass and claims the introduction of the measure is “about destroying the buy, sell, trade business.”
EA's initiative will see new games come with one-time use codes for online play. Anyone who purchases a used game that features Online Pass will need to pony up $10 in order to access online features.
The owner outlines his take on how EA’s Online Pass will affect his business and consumers, saying “I have to assume that most businesses, knowing that you’re going to have to pay an extra $10 to buy an Online Pass for that game, are going to give less in trade and sell the games for less used. At least that’s the way I would do it.”
The store owner reads quotes from EA and GameStop in regards to the Online Pass and calls them, “propaganda.” After noting that he tries not to swear in his videos, he drops f-bombs on EA, EA Sports and GameStop, and calls for a boycott of all EA titles that implement the Online Pass.
He notes that he might be forced to sell the games in his store, but he will order less of them and tell his customers all about Online Pass. He fully admits to being against Online Pass because of how it could impact his business.
While the Level One owner didn’t start a petition, he asks users to “spam” the EA forums with “hate,” and to send emails to the publisher letting them know how you feel about the Online Pass.