GameStop President Talks Used Games

By Jared Scott on May 22, 2013, 2:20PM EDT
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There has been much uncertainty amongst gamers about the state of used games with the restrictions placed by the Xbox One. Hoping to bring some clarity and a positive attitude to gamers, Tony Bartel, President of GameStop, had a few words to offer Forbes magazine.

Bartel explained that used game sales and trade-ins are "a recognized way to make these games more affordable. All three new platforms understand that." He used the example of how during the PS3 launch that many customers came in to trade their PS2s and games so they could afford the new system. He even claims that it's because people traded in PS2 games that later PS3s lost their backwards compatibility. Bartel also remarked that people trade in old games for brand new games, not just for pre-owned games.

While GameStop has been villainized at times for their used game market, it's also important to note that 70 percent of GameStops $1 billion sales come from new games and not pre-owned.

Source: IGN

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