If you have been tripping on titles such as FIFA or Need For Speed all this while, then this new information will not please you at all. According to reports, prominent videogame developer EA could be on the verge of stopping game discs production in India.
As revealed via a new report, the California-based game developer Electronic Arts (EA) is set to stop selling its PC game discs via retail channels in India. With the new rule in effect, apparently, users will have to get their PC gaming fix digitally through Origin, as revealed via an IVG report
Serious PC gamers will know that EA has slowly been increasing the prices of its PC games that have been released in India. The company earlier has already raised the prices from the Rs. 999 standard PC price tag to Rs. 1,499. Currently, some of them are even up to Rs. 2,499.
While that's a cause of great concern for hardcore gamers in the country (and possibly the cause in rise in videogame piracy), the pricing aspect actually falls in line with digital and international releases of EA's titles.
Previous to this, Milestone Interactive, which is EA's distributor for India, had revealed that EA didn't see lower prices in India and that led to a simultaneous increase in sales. This, in the long term, forced the publisher to abandon slightly lesser pricing for the Indian market.
"In India, PC pricing has been way lower than anywhere else, and it's an English product, so there's a risk of it finding its way to other English-speaking markets. Given that we've maintained a certain pricing for all these years, we've never got that quantum jump in volume the moment prices were dropped," Milestone chairman Jayont Sharma told MCV back in 2012 when EA had only started normalizing game prices.
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