GameStop is apparently paying close attention to the recent decision by the European High Court that digital purchases could legally be resold. Speaking to GameSpot, GameStop CEO Paul Raines said that the video games retailer is seriously looking into the idea of creating a business out of reselling digital downloads in Europe, but cautions that it is too early for him to say if it is something they will get into. At this point the company is simply investigating the idea.
"It’s very interesting," he said. "There are some technologies out there in Europe, and we’ve looked at a couple that are involved. We’re interested; it’s not a meaningful business yet. Right now we’re not seeing that as a huge market, but I think we’re on the leading edge. There are a few companies, a few start-ups, out there that we’ve talked to that are doing this."
No doubt the shift from retail to digital distribution would have helped game developers and publishers who were trying to get away from having to worry about used game sales, which they deem as "having a negative impact on sales of new product." With the European High Court's ruling, GameStop maybe able to continue profiting off used game sales in the growing virtual marketplace space anyway. Back to square one.
Source: Blue's News