Is there a solution to the raging argument over pre-owned sales? Well, EKG certainly seem to think so, with the new US online startup touting itself as the world's first "Pro-Industry used game retailer", announcing that 10% of all of its used game revenue will find its way back to the relevant publishers.
“Publishers are spending record amounts of cash on new game development," said CEO Mike Kennedy. "This increase in dev costs is steering them in directions that don’t necessarily jive with gamers, causing them to take less risks on new and potentially exciting IP’s or game mechanics and sticking with tried and true properties that are more of a guarantee.
"We want to share our used game revenue with them so they can continue investing in new gaming experiences without worrying about the negative effects used games could be having on their operation(s).”
But of what benefit will that be to the gamer? Well, apparently EKG are also "guaranteeing" a mark-up on trade-in credit, and low resell prices achievable thanks to the small overheads from their online marketplace.
"We will offer convenient trade-in(s) of your used games," the site blurb reads. "We will also guarantee you 20-30% more trade-in credit for your used games vs. the corner specialty retailer. EKG will then resell your used games in our low cost, low overhead online marketplace and share the used game revenue with the publishers promoting a healthy "Circle-of-Life" for the entire gaming industry."
At the time of writing, the site offers $40 trade-in credit for titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, The Witcher 2, Mass Effect 3, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and $30 for Kinect Star Wars and Mario Party 9.