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Would you pay for a service that offered games at cost?

#1LexxxiconPosted 9/24/2013 1:27:32 PM(edited)
Would you pay for a service that sold games at cost (i.e. between $45-52 for $60 games, between $12-15 for $20 "Indie" games, between $30-35 for $40 "Budget" games, etc.)?

For example, you would pay $5/month and get up to 3 games at cost for that month. The service would be month to month so you can choose to subscribe during months where you know there are a few games you want to purchase. It would be unfair to force people into 3 month or 6 month terms because some months are pretty dry when it comes to new releases.

Now, obviously you aren't required to buy 3 games which is why I said "up to 3 games". You can only buy one if you want and you would still save a bit of money.

There could be other subscription plans as well such as paying $8/month and getting up to 5 games at cost, as well as slightly reduced rates if you do decide to sign up for multiple months at a time (say, $12 for 3 months of the service, but you can pick which months so they don't have to be 3 months in a row).

Does this idea interest anyone?

Thanks for the quick feedback.

A few more notes

- The site would just sell CD Keys (like Green Man Gaming or Amazon) that you redeem on Steam or Origin.
- The games offered would be based on whatever the users want. Polls would be conducted to find out which games people want on the site each month.

Edit: What if it wasn't a monthly thing and instead, you paid $5 up front and had up to a year to select the 3 games you want.

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#2SinisterSlayPosted 9/24/2013 1:14:38 PM
Who's cost?

Cost per download is about .2 cents a gigabyte.
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#3BogePosted 9/24/2013 1:14:56 PM
No, because I don't buy enough games at "cost" to justify $5 a month.
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#4Ch3wyPosted 9/24/2013 1:15:23 PM
No.

There's enough sales already. No need to pay extra for sales.
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#5PathlessBulletPosted 9/24/2013 1:15:33 PM
No because it seems like a total crap shoot on whether or not they offer games worth buying.... in fact this sounds a lot like a less appealing Humble Bundle.
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#6TheFeshPincePosted 9/24/2013 1:18:20 PM
Not really interested in that. Like others said... we already get a ton of sales on PC.
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#7Lexxxicon(Topic Creator)Posted 9/24/2013 1:22:32 PM(edited)
Thanks for the quick feedback.

A few more notes

- The site would just sell CD Keys (like Green Man Gaming or Amazon) that you redeem on Steam or Origin.
- The games offered would be based on whatever the users want. Polls would be conducted to find out which games people want on the site each month.

Edit: What if it wasn't a monthly thing and instead, you paid $5 up front and had up to a year to select the 3 games you want.
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#8Sk2k52Posted 9/24/2013 1:27:46 PM
... You are aware that the "at cost price" isn't anywhere near what they're currently selling for, right? Games being sold for $60-$70 for the most part should be priced $10-15 if we're not including the box.

Very few games are truly expensive to produce, such as the recent Tomb Raider game that even at 3million copies sold, was a financial failure. A million dollar budget game though, only needs to sell about 50,000 copies before it's profitable (assuming after retailer and publishing fees, profit of said $60 games is only $20), which isn't anywhere near as much as that sounds. Most games can expect to sell at LEAST that much, with successful games selling 100,000 copies. Most games reaches these numbers within the first month alone.
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#9Lexxxicon(Topic Creator)Posted 9/24/2013 1:32:08 PM
By "at cost" I meant what retailers typically get the game for, which seems to be around $48 for a $60 game.
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#10TheFeshPincePosted 9/24/2013 1:35:24 PM
Lexxxicon posted...
By "at cost" I meant what retailers typically get the game for, which seems to be around $48 for a $60 game.


lol what a ripoff, no wonder retailers are going down.
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