Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream complains that used games cost company millions

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Developer of Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream’s co-founder Guillaume de Fondaumiere has a more than a little problem with used games. That picture there may as well be him pointing the gun at used games. Guillaume de Fondaumiere told GI.biz that the company has lost quite a large amount of money supposedly from used game sales since the relase of their title Heavy Rain.

Fondaumiere said that the company has “basically sold to date approximately two million units” but thanks to “the trophy system that probably more than three million people bought this game and played it.” Because of these numbers he says that “On my small level it’s a million people playing my game without giving me one cent. And my calculation is, as Quantic Dream, I lost between €5 and €10 million worth of royalties because of second hand gaming.”

While this can be seen as a relatively decent argument, it also is a rather poor one. The numbers do not factor in multiple account households, people renting the title (which is justifiable considering its length) and lending the game to friends. After hearing this, it seems that some developers are losing touch with consumers.

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  • Claire Phillips

    Secondhand is too good for gamers and retailers to be going anywhere, the company I used to work for made a HUGE profit on second hand games compared to retail.

    I rent about 20% of what I play, and buy 70% secondhand. The retail titles I do buy are discounted! Developers have got to remember that games are EXPENSIVE, and if the secondhand market goes a lot of people will never get around to playing their titles at all,and lots of people use the trade in system to knock a bit off the retail price.

    I got Arkham Asylum secondhand and absolutely loved it, so will probably splash out on Arkham City on release day (budget pending!). If I hadn’t been able to buy the first game secondhand I wouldn’t be set on getting the sequel ASAP…

    rant over 😀

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