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SwitchGames Attempts To Give Developers A Slice Of The Used-Games Pie

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Posted March 19, 2009 - By r_pad

Update 3:23PM PST: Jason Crawford just dropped me a line pointing to a recent blog post he wrote. He wanted to make sure that everyone understood that the feature is 100 percent optional and SwitchGames does not make money from publishers or developers with this. [End Update]

When I met with SwitchGames CEO Jason Crawford a few weeks ago, he wanted to find a way to benefit developers with his used-games service, but it didn't sound possible. He told me, "To get the money straight to the developer, I don't think it's going to be very easy to pull that off, but I'd love to see it happen." It looks like he found a way to pull it off. In a press release issued today, the company announced:

"Today, SwitchGames announced a developer contract provision available on its website. The contractual language entitles developers to a percentage of any proceeds paid to publishers by SwitchGames. SwitchGames encourages developers to copy and paste the text into their development contracts with publishers." 

Many developers have spoken out against used-game sales, so this new development should make them happy. It's not about the potential revenue from SwitchGames itself, but the precedent the company is setting. If developers support the service and get fans of their games to use it then other companies that make millions (or billions) of dollars from used games might opt to give developers their slice of the pie. It will be interesting to see if publishers take issue with developers using this provision in their contracts.

What do you think of SwitchGames' effort? Do you think it will actually benefit developers or is it more of a symbolic thing? Does the news make you want to use the site since it can benefit developers? Or is the convenience of GameStop still king?

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