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60% of Customers Won’t Buy a Console That Blocks Used Games, GameStop Says

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Posted on February 13, 2013 AT 10:26am

While speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, GameStop’s chief financial officer Rob Lloyd claimed that over half of their customers wouldn’t purchase a console that blocked used games.

“I think it was 60% of customers who said they wouldn’t buy a new console [that blocks used games],” Lloyd said. “Consumers want the ability to play pre-owned games, they want portability in their games; they want to play physical games. And to not have those things would be a substantial reason for them not to purchase a new console.”

According to Kotaku’s own poll, Lloyd’s statistics seem about right.

“It’s really only about 4% of our used game sales that are games released in the last 60 days,” Lloyd mentioned.

During the conference, Lloyd also mentioned how GameStop would be closing close to 250 stores this year.

Source: VG 247

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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