In case you missed the complete firestorm, GoG has announced Regional Pricing for their titles
. (No, that's not what the title says, but the other is just smoke and mirrors). Then the MD posted an open letter
to try to stem the tide.
Let me sum up. GoG had a few tenets in addition to no-DRM- one was a fair price for everyone, which meant no regional pricing. I never really paid attention before, being in the US. But I do know about region locking and such in an abstract sort of way, especially with GamersGate- going to a title and not being able to get it. As they've grown, and gotten to the limits of what they have to release and get further growth, they've found that one of two things have to happen.
1) they have to be satisfied with their growth in terms of catalog, and realize that their sales will eventually start to die off as people get the majority of what they want from their never growing catalog. (I've personally bought less and less because there's just very little there that interests me, even on sale anymore)
2) they have to change their stance on one of their lesser tenets to get leverage for the big one- no-DRM.
On new releases, the publisher has more rights in terms of what the game sells for. Its a reality they've come up against. But their agreements give them more leverage to get older titles, and to get no-DRM in day one releases. And hopefully spread no-DRM through the industry.
Their prices on their new releases- well, they suck for people that are not USD. But they are the same as anywhere else (I hesitate to use the word that they used- competitive- because competition has nothing in common with price fixing). They do add goodies in if your local currency is higher than USD, but that's a faint salve.
For their other games, they are setting a set price in local currency, which might be a few pennies less or more depending on the daily conversion rates.
I see the points of all involved, but I don't see anything inherently evil in what they're doing. They basically have a rock and a hard place, and are trying to make the situation as best as they can for all.
Just wondering if there are any opinions here. (Their marketing guy has been fielding some pretty vitriolic things with grace under pressure, I might add- and the thread is surprisingly civil for that).