Green Man Gaming Pioneers Digital Trades for PC Gamers

By Jeff Mattas, Jan 20, 2010 7:00pm PST London-based digital games retailer, Green Man Gaming, has announced a brand new retail platform that will allow PC gamers to trade in games that they've purchased and downloaded digitally. Up to now this has only been possible for purchasers of physical media.

"Previously the minute you had paid and downloaded your game it had no resale value," said Green Man Gaming COO Gian Luzio. "This is extremely expensive for the gamer and does not encourage the consumer to try new genres or franchises." The new distribution platform will reportedly assign a monetary value to each digitally purchased game, which gamers will be able to trade-in whenever they wish.

Despite what one would might assume, Green Man Gaming seems committed to making sure that the publishing community will get a significant chunk of profit from the digitally traded games. "We will pay significant royalties to the publisher each time the game is traded in perpetuity," confirmed Luzio. Of course, with digitally distributed media, traditional problems with trade-ins like physical wear-and-tear are nonexistent, allowing all digital trade-ins to be resold as new.

The Green Man Gaming website is still under construction, but will reportedly launch with four hundred titles at the end of 2010's first financial quarter, growing its catalog to include over 2,000 games "by the end of the year."

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