Green Man Gaming, a company based in the United Kingdom, is about to launch a digital download shopfront for the PC with a difference, claiming its store will be able to offer “pre-owned” digital sales.
“Previously the minute you had paid and downloaded your game it had no resale value”, says Gian Luzio, Green Man’s COO. “This is extremely expensive for the gamer and does not encourage the consumer to try new genres or franchises. Our leading edge technology gives downloaded games a value that gamers can trade-in at any time”.
To answer your inevitable question of “how will this work”, Luzio says “We will pay significant royalties to the publisher each time the game is traded in perpetuity”. As for your inevitable follow-up questions, like “how much will pre-owned games cost?” and “who’s going to determine the value of trade-ins?”, sadly those are going to have to wait until Green Man launches sometime around March.