EA’s Online Pass Program Was a Mistake – Peter Moore
Ever since Microsoft revealed that the policy regarding DRM on used-games would befall on the publishers; consumers everywhere picked out EA as the only publisher that could possibly impose some new form of tax on used-games.
Perhaps this is the reason that caused Peter Moore from EA to come out and state that he has always been in support for the pre-owned games industry.
Speaking to Polygon at E3, Moore said,”As the guy who is the chief operating officer of Electronic Arts I can tell you that EA did not aggressively lobby for the platform holders to put some gating function in there to allow or disallow used games.”
“I am on the record as being a proponent of used games. I like the ecosystem.”
Moore believes that US retailers such as GameStop are important companies for the industry and specifically great “marketing partners” for EA.
When asked if EA would be taking advantage of the Xbox One’s stance on used-games, Moore said that EA has yet to decide on whether they’ll be imposing new restrictions.
EA who has always been a staunch supporter for their controversial Online Pass program decided to ditch it recently; much to the joy of gamers. Moore stated that the program was “more trouble to the consumer than it was worth.”