Green Man Gaming blames price hike for BL2 and XCOM on 2K Games

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By on December 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Recently, a number of our readers noted that the price for Borderlands 2 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown had been raised on Green Man Gaming, with a specific new ANZ price that was a good $20 higher than it used to be. Green Man have now addressed the issue in a short post on their blog, blaming the price rise on 2K Games.

“We have had a number of enquiries about price increases on Borderlands 2 and XCOM Enemy Unknown in Australia and New Zealand.”

“This was done at the request of the publisher based on local retailer feedback. We would rather not have had to do this but we really value the relationship with our publishing partner.”

The current price for the game means that it is actually cheaper at the moment to head down to a “local retailer” and purchase a boxed copy than to have a digital one delivered over the internet, which is indefensibly stupid. That said, Borderlands 2 is currently on sale for 50% off on GMG for the next 24 hours, which means you only pay $35 instead of the new $72.

Since we announced our partnership with Green Man Gaming earlier in the month with the intention of delivering best prices for Australian gamers, we must express our disappointment at 2K’s decision to enforce an unfair regional pricing model that gouges Australians for no reason — a regional pricing model that is currently under investigation by the Australian Government.

We’ve asked 2K Games for comment on the matter and will let you know if we hear anything back.

48 comments (Leave your own)

Oh well, now one publisher has done it, others probably will, I guess I’ll move onto the next cd key seller where I can get things at US prices.

 

I was afraid of this. Alarm bells were ringing for me when Dark Souls on PC was pulled from GMG in AU.

 

Are local retailers *THAT* threatened by digital downloads??
Here’s an idea for publishers here in Aus – LOWER YOUR PRICES TO RETAILERS!
That way retailers can offer lower prices in shops. Why does a game have a wholesale price of around $75?? It should be much lower than that. It’s pure cash grab. 2k can expect lower sales now for their dici move, not that I care for their games to begin with.

 

I want to know which retailer has told 2k to increase the price.
So we can shame them publicly for collusion and price gouging.

 

Also GMG needs to grow a pair [like GoG] and tell 2K and anyone else who wants regional restrictions to fuck off.

I had already bought one or 2 games from them but i wont be buying any more while they play their part in the price fixing.

 
four_leaf_clover

The floodgate has been opened

 

Problem is that local retailers are too used to their little game of monopoly and aren’t able to comprehend that people would drop them in a second for a price that makes sense. That’s when the likes of Hardly Normal and Dick (I sell crap) Smith yell from the rooftops about the digital world destroying their businesses…

 

Sounds like bullshit to me.

Steam have XCOM on the AU store for $34 atm with a $50 RRP, Borderlands 2 is close enough as well.

GMG have had regioned pricing/locked games for a while now, first saw it with NFS MW.

 

Time to look for a new place to shop.

 

cyrinno:
Time to look for a new place to shop.

^Agreed!

 

“We’ve asked 2K Games for comment on the matter and will let you know if we hear anything back.”

Don’t hold your breath.

I recall reading somewhere that game publishers were just ignoring the Gov enquiry into game prices as if it didn’t mean anything, which is probably true.

 

gamersgate was selling the 4 pack of borderlands 2 for ~$11 last night.

 

Grabbed me the Borderlands 2 season pass for $20, no complaints here.

 

RSOblivion:
Problem is that local retailers are too used to their little game of monopoly and aren’t able to comprehend that people would drop them in a second for a price that makes sense. That’s when the likes of Hardly Normal and Dick (I sell crap) Smith yell from the rooftops about the digital world destroying their businesses…

Whilst I am definitely not defending Harveys or Dickies, you do realise that rents in Australia are ridiculous? Westfield, etc., should be looked at for colluding to make them so high…add to this that our minimum wages are higher than overseas, you can start to see why the charge what they do.

 

cookie248,

Nooooo. if you had used the Code on the site it was only $14! :(

 

Oh, one other thing…that 30% off code works with this Borderlands 2 special…can’t complain at getting it for $25.20

 

rickboy,

Yup, did it this morning for the game and season pass, good deal.

 

mearehear,

Absolutely…just did it then, saw your comment and grabbed the season pass…Cheers!

 

So why did they cave? This pretty much means no more GMG, the entire point is that its supposed to be cheaper.

 

FUCK THEM

 
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