While you (and I) were enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, the owner of an independent videogame store in Columbus, Ohio recorded and uploaded a new YouTube video in which he further assails the Online Pass initiative of Electronic Arts.
EA’s measure, for the uninitiated, would tie online gameplay to codes that come with select new titles, meaning that purchasers of used games, which feature Online Pass, would need to shell out $10.00 for a new code in order to play online.
The Level One store owner previously stated that the introduction of Online Pass would destroy the buy, sell, trade business.
In his latest video, the owner notes that buy, sell, trade businesses have been operating for over 20 years and he states that he has “yet to hear of the detrimental damage they have done to developers.” He noted that Electronic Arts continued to grow over that same time frame, adding in a text note that “EA has bought and closed more Small Devlopers than the Used game market ever did damage to…”
The owner runs through the financials of EA and the salary of CEO John Riccitiello, before offering, “When John Riccitiello makes $8 an hour working at the food court down the hall from me, he can come in and tell me that he is going to punish gamers for wanting to save a few dollars. Until then he’s just another rich guy, an extortionist, motivated by pure selfishness, preying on the rest of us.”
Thanks again Bobby!