Can shutting down the pre-owned market result in cheaper games for everyone? Well it could. And Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Avalanche Studios, Linus Blomberg, certainly seems to think that this might well be the case.
"The economies in games are changing; they have to in order to be sustainable. No one’s complaining about not being able to trade iOS games. Naturally that’s because they are much cheaper, but if second hand games contributed to the income of AAA game developers, then they could become cheaper too.
"In the end I think it will come down to how big that fee is."
Of course, the comparison to iOS is a little ridiculous, given that retail games typically go for £40. But his point is fairly sound if you apply it to digital downloads. Look at digital platforms and storefronts such as Steam or GMG, and there are pennies to be saved when it comes to the PC market.
But there are platform holders to consider when it comes to consoles. And if Microsoft and Sony's approach to their own digital stores for full games is anything to go by, Blomberg's hypothesis is pure fantasy.