Originally Posted by rluker5
If this spreads, I guess the game developers will have to redo their fiscal models. There will be a lot of first hand sales lost.
And I don't think a sales/distribution company has ownership over the titles they are selling to the point of retroactively rewriting whatever agreements they have with the ones that actually have the intellectual property rights of the games they are selling. Regardless of what some judge in France says.
It would be like if this judge in France decided buyers of miner gpus should have an extra discount and Ebay would have to pay it, then retroactively charge the accounts of the sellers. There were terms of the sale at the time it was made.
Good news for steam, they already have a marketplace for all their DOTA, CS, and trading card things. Enabling the sale of whole games would not be too hard, probably. And this law will absolutely be used to bring down EA and everyone else too, and as far as I know, they do NOT have a marketplace to reuse.
RIP single player only games too. Oh yes, in the days of Gamestop you could return the game for a massive loss and if you got lucky might find a used copy in ok condition, but what if that entire process were 3 clicks of a mouse and both easier to get to and significantly less legal grey area than places like GMG? Buy for 60, play for 8 hours to beat campaign, sell for close to 60, and watch the day-one sales tank because you just need to wait a few hours.
Game devs will need to come up with alternate revenue streams, so I hope everyone likes MOBAs or grind fests like Destiny, because keeping you invested for a few hundred hours to buy cosmetics (or loot crates) is going to becomes the only realistically sustainable model.
On the other hand, now I can get rid of all those games clogging my library i'll never play...
How will Steam handle games that were sold as a bundle pack that can no longer be bought on the store, such as the 3D Realms Anthology pack ya think? Sell per game? Per bundle as bought? They still host the games for download, but if it isn't able to be bought anymore... How about games Steam has banned?
Oh a can of worms indeed. But when all is said and done, Steam will not be the one suffering.