When Microsoft presented their original plan on used games for the Xbox One, my initial reaction was: "Yeah, good luck with that in Europe." And now it seems that some progress is going to be made regarding the re-selling of digital games, regardless of the platform. As some of you might know, the European Court of Justice ruled in July 2012 that digital licenses can be classified as 'goods', therefore the first buyer has the right to re-sell that license.
Now, a federation of German consumer rights organisations is in the process of bringing Valve to court, based on the aforementioned ruling of the ECJ. With the lawsuit, they try to force Valve (and as a side-effect presumably also Microsoft, Sony, EA, basically anyone who sells games digitally) to implement the option for users to re-sell their digital games. And because the complaint is based on a ruling of the ECJ, chances are big that Valve will lose this one.
Question remains is: what will this mean for the industry in general? As much as Microsoft, EA, etc are pushing towards a digital future, the ruling of the ECJ was a ticking time bomb from the very day it was published. But this has the potential to create a big difference between the US and the EU market (assuming legislation in the US doesn't change). Personally, I think it's good that there is at least some form of consumer rights protection left in a time where companies are hell bent on trying to limit those rights as much as they can.
How do you guys think this will impact the industry?