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Good Old Games ditches regional pricing

Good Old Games ditches regional pricing

Good Old Games launched in 2008 and specialises in classic PC games that many gamers would otherwise find difificult to get running on modern machines.

Digital distributor Good Old Games is dropping plans to sell certain titles from larger studios at different prices depending on the region they are being bought in.

The retro game specialist unveiled a regional pricing model last month which was intended to help them strike more deals with larger publishers. The announcement generated more than ten thousand responses criticising the move so in response GOG has decided not to implement the plan.

'We thought DRM-Free was so important you'd prefer we bring you more DRM-Free games and Fair Price was less critical and that it could be sacrificed in some cases,' reads a blog post from co-founder Marcin Iwinski and managing director Guillaume Rambourg. 'We shouldn't sacrifice one of our core values in an attempt to advance another.'

The post further explains that dropping regional pricing means that it might take the company longer to reach deals on some newer releases where publishers insist on different prices around the globe and they might not be able to strike a deal with some companies at all.

GOG is proposing that to maintain a flat price it will make up the price difference itself, initially in additional game codes but also through store credit once it has the system set up.

Although regional pricing is being dropped, GOG does still intend to introduce pricing in local currencies to make it easier for non-US gamers to buy from the store.

Good Old Games was launched in 2008 and is owned by Witcher publisher CD Projekt RED. It initially built a name for itself by selling DRM-free patched versions of classic PC games for between $5 and $10. In 2012, it also began selling more recent titles, also stripped of their DRM systems.

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ChaosDefinesOrder 17th March 2014, 10:18 Quote
There is the potential argument that publishers that don't agree to this don't deserve to have their games bought in the first place (i.e. greed being the motivator for charging more in some places)

See Adobe + co. lawsuits in Australia
Pete J 17th March 2014, 10:22 Quote
Ah, GOG, I love you so much!
loftie 17th March 2014, 11:08 Quote
I think the humble store does this to an extent. I've noticed their prices fluctuate by about 50p randomly which I just assumed was to do with the £/$.
wolfticket 17th March 2014, 18:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J
Ah, GOG, I love you so much!
+1 :)

If only all digital content distribution was run like GOG. I buy from them whenever possible.
In a way I feel it's our responsibility to make their business model a success for the good of everyone :)
mi1ez 17th March 2014, 20:17 Quote
Can't remember the last game I bought that wasn't through GOG or Humble!
RedFlames 17th March 2014, 20:37 Quote
As GoG are run/owned by CD Projekt Red, a company based in an area that usually gets shafted by regional pricing [Eastern Europe]... This is not a surprise [imo]...

Now if only i didn't get horribly mauled by my bank for paying for stuff in $, I'd buy more off GoG...
Blogins 18th March 2014, 18:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames


Now if only i didn't get horribly mauled by my bank for paying for stuff in $, I'd buy more off GoG...

A select few reputable credit cards do not charge a fee for currency conversion and also feature good rates. Well worth looking into these to reduce outgoings when buying in a foreign currency!
RedFlames 18th March 2014, 21:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blogins
A select few reputable credit cards do not charge a fee for currency conversion and also feature good rates. Well worth looking into these to reduce outgoings when buying in a foreign currency!

The chances of me getting any of said cards are pretty much nil, I have considered it [and applied for a couple of them] in the past...


As it is having to pay nearly £10 for a £5 game is a major deterrent... That and not having the £10 [or £5] in the first place...
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