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Mark Rein: Sour Grapes about Second Hand Games

Mark Rein is the vice-president of Epic Games, and he seems to have some issues with a free world.

He thinks that if you walk into EB games and buy a used game by Epic, EB should share the revenue with Epic. This is so absurd on so many levels I don’t know where to begin. If you sold your buddy your car, do you want to send some of the proceeds to the car manufacturer? Or if a dealer sells a used car, should they?

What a minute, you say, that’s different. Games are more intellectual property than anything else, you might say. Well, then, okay. What about books? They’re intellectual property that’s very similar to video games. There’s a thriving used book market. Should publishers get paid every time one of them gets resold? I’ve heard such complaints from authors. They want a piece of that pie too, but I don’t think that’ll happen. Which makes me wonder about Epic. If Epic gets a piece of resold game revenue, does that mean they’ll give the game authors additional money as well?

I don’t think so.