Gamestop gets another lawsuit.


I have run into this once or twice with Gamestop. You walk in, purchase a used game, get home and hop on the multilayer to realize you’ve been had. There is no code to get onto MP and there was no sticker to notify you that the title used a one time code. Better yet, you buy a new copy of Battlefield 2 and the game isn’t even wrapped. I have experienced all of these while shopping at Gamestop. Well apparently some people are fed up and are taking the retailer to the courts to duke it out.

A new class action lawsuit has been filed against retailer GameStop this month alleging the retailer is deceptively selling used games that advertise additional content to its customers.

The suit is centered on the issue of selling games used that contain one-time use codes. These codes are included in all new copies of games and unlock downloadable content at no additional cost. However, if the code is not included or has already been used, the owner will then have to pay an additional fee to access the content.

The suit claims GameStop misleads consumers at the time of their purchase “to believe that the games which are originally sold with free downloadable content are also included when consumers purchase the same games used, when in fact the free downloadable content is no longer available.”

In some cases, such as the three customers that filed this new lawsuit, the combined cost of a used game from GameStop and the download content can exceed the cost of brand new copy. Several game publishers, such as Electronic Arts with its Online Pass, have started including these codes to incentivize customers to purchase games new.

The lawsuit alleges GameStop’s concealment of this information is to induce its customers to buying used games instead of new.

“By advertising the additional downloadable content as being included with the game and by not informing consumers that they will not receive all the advertised features of the game, GameStop misrepresented and concealed material facts regarding its used games,” the lawsuit reads.

A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed HERE

Source: IGN


Written by: Jason - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Eddie on March 7th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    It’s easy to avoid. You ask for a copy that is not unwrapped. When the game is sent to the store, many of the employees will open it and play it.

  2. #2 by Luke on March 7th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    That’s not the consumers problem @Eddie

  3. #3 by Kane112 on March 7th, 2011 [ 34232 Points ]

    ye one of the benefits of being an employee there. ye but sucks buying a new game thats already open

  4. #4 by EdEN on March 7th, 2011 [ 142681 Points ]

    I’ve gotten about 50% of my “new” games as “it’s the last copy and so we gutted it” but it’s usually for older games that are $10-20 and that it, in fact, does constitute the last available copy in a 100 mile radius. It would suck to pre-order a game and get a gutted copy but I haven’t run into that yet.

  5. #5 by Jay on March 7th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    I bought BFBC2 used from GameFly. I rented the game, finished single player, and wanted to keep the game, so I bought it from them. They sent me the case with everything that would come with it new, including the Multiplayer/VIP code, so I didn’t have any issues at all

  6. #6 by pedro on March 8th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Jay: I bought BFBC2 used from GameFly. I rented the game, finished single player, and wanted to keep the game, so I bought it from them. They sent me the case with everything that would come with it new, including the Multiplayer/VIP code, so I didn’t have any issues at all  

    Do you think it was an original code or maybe (ok, crazy idea here) the last user just didn’t do mp?


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