Good Old Games is killing off its 'Fair Price Package' regional pricing program

Polycount

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Despite the massive success of game developer CD Projekt Red with blockbuster titles like the Witcher 3 -- and, hopefully, Cyberpunk 2077 -- not all is well at the company.

CD Projekt Red's PC gaming storefront, Good Old Games (GoG), was recently forced to cut around 12 percent of its staff and has now announced that it will be killing off the Fair Price Package program on March 31.

For the unaware, the FPP compensates users when a given game's price is higher in their country than North America. GoG makes up the price difference out of their own pocket, awarding users wallet funds - these funds can then be used to buy other titles.

GoG's reasons for ending the FPP are logical. The company says that, given recent changes to its revenue split model with developers, the program is simply not practical anymore - attempting to keep it alive would result in the company losing money.

"[However we look at it], at the end of the day we are a store and need to make sure we sell games without a loss," GoG's announcement reads. "Removing FPP is not a decision we make lightly, but by making this change, we will be able to offer better conditions to game creators, which — in turn — will allow us to offer you more curated classic games and new releases."

Despite this feature change, GoG isn't at risk of dying off anytime soon. It's still the best place to purchase old classics, with a guarantee that they'll run on modern systems thanks to the hard work of GoG's own developers.

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psycros

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GoG is the best place to buy games period with zero DRM. Unfortunately what's good for the customer isn't good for business.

That's not always true. In fact, for companies that aren't publicly held and/or don't do much advertising providing a quality product at a fair price is THE best marketing you can have. Always try to keep a couple things on sale to keep interest up and you're almost guaranteed success, which doesn't have to mean "more money than the Pope".
 

Evernessince

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That's not always true. In fact, for companies that aren't publicly held and/or don't do much advertising providing a quality product at a fair price is THE best marketing you can have. Always try to keep a couple things on sale to keep interest up and you're almost guaranteed success, which doesn't have to mean "more money than the Pope".

You are right, providing a quality product is pretty huge. It just doesn't feel like that's the way things are done anymore unfortunately.
 

Misagt

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The market is changing with everyone dropping the platforms share of revenue this type of thing isn't surprising it will probably be a while before things stabilize.