â??Pre-owned may turn devs digitalâ?? - Livingstone

â??Pre-owned may turn devs digitalâ?? - Livingstone

By Rob Crossley

December 2nd 2009 at 1:54PM

Developers need to benefit from first-hand sales more, says Eidos life president

UK development legend Ian Livingstone has raised concerns that developers could make a wholesale shift to digital distribution as the pre-owned market continues to grow.

Speaking exclusively to MCV, Eidos life president Livingstone predicted that IP owners will begin looking to online activation codes and other tactics to ensure gamers don’t re-sell their titles.

“You can’t exactly claim that the [second-hand] practice is good for publishers or developers,” Livingstone told MCV.

“Development costs continue to rise and content creators need to benefit from the sales of their goods wherever they occur.”

The full story is available on MCV