GameStop is taking everybody for a ride with the pre-owned games market, according to Ready at Dawn Studios boss Ru Weerasuriya. And by everybody he means developers and publishers. Speaking to GII, the head of the studio for God of War: Chains of Olympus and upcoming game The Order: 1886, thinks retailers like GameStop are making "a living at the expense of everybody else."
"I think the problem is right now there are retail outlets that are really taking everybody for a ride," said Ru Weerasuriya in an interview with GII. "You can't make a living at the expense of everybody else. Unfortunately, they're not just making a living at the expense of developers but also the consumers because the consumers will see less and less games come out if developers can't get revenue to make more new titles and keep going as a business."
To his credit, Weerasuriya doesn't want to put whatever solution he imagines for this issue on the backs of consumers:
"I think this is something we need to curb on the retail side," said Weerasuriya. "We're putting the consumers in an awkward spot and we shouldn't have to."
"Why should [customers] be the ones to deal with a flawed system?" asked Weerasuriya concerning flawed systems like the one Microsoft had planned for Xbox One. "They are the guys we do this for. They are the ones who should be able to benefit the most from being able to buy it."
At the end of it all, Weerasuriya thinks that retailers should be required to give some of the revenue from pre-owned sales back to publishers and developers. He doesn't think the used games market should be eliminated either.