From: Shropshire, UK
ORIGINAL: Plain Ian
ORIGINAL: Erik Rutins
1. We set the price for release on Matrix and Slitherine based on the same price AGEOD had been charging through their online store. We matched their price, we did not exceed it. That's the part of the price-matching which I was referring to earlier. Per our pricing, if this were a new release this would be more like a $40 or $50 game, but we matched the existing price for the AGEOD store.
2. The strategy that Paradox was pursuing with the AGEOD titles was indeed getting them out to many, many distributors and they were being sold at much lower prices in many of those places. We completely understand why this looks like a positive thing from the customer's perspective. The problem is, this was actually hurting AGEOD - the result of all that activity and low prices meant that they were not making enough revenue. Our goal is to allow AGEOD to thrive and develop games for a long time to come. Those revenues are not now going to us or to AGEOD in all cases - we're still finding out about some of the places where the games were previously sent and working out what to do. We will honor and support all sales through any distributor, but if your interest is in supporting us or AGEOD please realize that purchasing from the AGEOD, Matrix or Slitherine stores is the best way to support future development.
3. The main reason for our pricing is to make sure that the developers within this niche, who make the kinds of games we all like to play, remain active and financially viable. It is our job as a publisher (and a developer as well) to make money for them and for us, which leads to the virtuous cycle where those games we all enjoy continue to get made. We have a lot of data, including data from AGEOD, that supports this pricing strategy as the best one for the health of this niche.
4. At $24.99 Pride of Nations is still very good value for the gaming dollar.
Ok last word on this because clearly no one is listening.
1. Thats false. Price at Ageod was £15.99 yesterday. Now its £17.99. Next week I assume it will be £21.59 to match Matrix?
2 and 3. I have no problems with this view. I actually support it.
4. Yes it is.... if you are paying in Dollars. You won't let me pay in Dollars? Instead I must use an exchange rate which bears no reality with whats happening in the real world.
The bottom line is a game which was made and distributed in Europe at reasonable prices has now been hijacked and UK buyers must pay inflated prices.
I really dread to see what price AACW 2 will be! I'm pretty sure that Ageod would have priced it in the £19.99 range......we can kiss that goodbye now.
I don't object to Matrix's pricing decision, Eric and the Matrix team are running a business and if they sell there product at as loss or an unsustainable level of profit in the future they will not be around and I'll have no new games to buy from them. I do strongly object (if that isn't already apparent) to paying roughly 30% more because I'm buying in Sterling.
$24.99 may be a reasonable price for PoN but I can't buy it for that.
< Message edited by Wolfe -- 4/12/2013 10:52:16 PM >
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