Major retailer GameStop has been a leading proponent of the used game business for quite some time, and now the company's trying to find a way to move that practice online so it can resell games purchased via digital platforms.
In a recent interview with Gamespot, company CEO Paul Raines said the firm has already begun researching a number of ways to make used digital game sales a reality.
"There are some technologies out there in Europe, and we’ve looked at a couple that are involved. We’re interested; it’s not a meaningful business yet. Right now we’re not seeing that as a huge market, but I think we’re on the leading edge," Raines said.
The very concept of reselling digital games is without a doubt a bit unconventional, but it just might be within the realm of possibility. Earlier this month, a European court declared that used software sales are, in fact, protected by law.
If it all pans out, this market could prove a huge boon for GameStop, as used sales are an essential pillar to the company's business. During its 2011 fiscal year, for instance, used game products brought in $2.6 billion in sales, making up 27 percent of the company's overall revenue.