Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

March 13, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

A couple weeks ago, Good Old Games announced that it would be instituting regional pricing (some regions would pay more or less for the same title than other regions) for titles it otherwise wouldn't be able to make available on its digital distribution platform.

The decision was not popular.

So, earlier this week, GOG announced that it had changed its mind and would do everything in its power to institute flat worldwide pricing.

This decision could limit the amount of games that GOG is able to offer because some publishers insist on regional pricing.  GOG says that, for now, if it has to go the regional pricing route, it will make up the price difference (between your region and a cheaper one) with game codes.  There's no guarantee that offer will always be on the table and GOG may be forced to simply not offer specific games for sale.  On the other hand, maybe GOG's aggressive pursuit of flat worldwide pricing will convince more and more publishers to stop price gouging certain territories just 'cause they can.

And so, I ask you readers: how should GOG handle regional pricing?  Should it draw a hard line on the subject even if that means fewer games are available for you to buy?  Should it only implement regional pricing if there's absolutely no other way to get a game on its service?  Heck, if you think regional pricing is or could be a good thing, let us know by voting in this week's poll.

Fill the comments and our mailbox (SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com) with your opinions and we'll discuss them along with our own thoughts when we reveal the poll results on next week's podcast.  And now, if I may change the subject...

WHERE THE HELL IS BEYOND GOOD & EVIL 2?!!!

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

Green Man Gaming have a voucher code for us Australian customers. For AU products it gives 30% off. Supposedly the voucher will last 10 years and you can use it as many times as you need. I haven't used it successfully in a while. I just tried it with The Stick of Truth and it didn't work, but that wasn't listed as an AU product. I used another 20% voucher instead and still got a decent price.

Re: Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

How'd you pull that one off, I used the coupon and nothing happened. Are you not getting the cash back option?

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

As a last resort, sure. As their original plan of "everything has regional pricing going forward, even the old stuff", nope.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

That was not their original plan.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

Looking at their clarification post from a couple weeks back, it sure sounds like that was their plan. They specifically mention regionally priced classics.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

Ah, I never saw that follow up post clarifying the original announcement.  If anyone else missed it, this was the plan for regionally pricing the classic catalog:

For $5.99 classics, we would like to make the games 3.49 GBP, 4.49 EUR, 199 RUB, and $6.49 AUD. For $9.99 classics, our targets are 5.99 GBP, 7.49 EUR, 349 RUB, and $10.99 AUD.

And to save you the extra work, I looked at current exchange rates and they are very close.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

To me, that is not regional pricing. That is local conversion of the price. To me, regional pricing is what Microsoft did with the XBone. $500 in the US, 500 Euros in most of Europe and 450 British Pounds in the UK. That is regional pricing from my perspective.

Based on this morning's currency conversion, with the exception of Europe, other nations were getting the games slightly cheaper than the US. Even Europe was only a few cents more expensive than the US.

 
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