GameStop streaming console games will require surcharge - Report

Specialty retailer says players will need to pay extra per game to stream their console games to tablets, mobile devices.

GameStop purchased Spawn Labs earlier this year and confirmed plans for a console streaming service, the details of which are still taking shape. Speaking with GameIndustry.biz, senior vice president of GameStop Mike Mauler confirmed the retailer's service will require consumers to own a console version of a title to have the option to pay for streaming access.

GameStop hopes to launch its streaming service next year.

"You would have to actually own a console and buy the game," Mauler said. "It would be an additional service that you would be able to purchase as you buy a copy of the game to play on your Xbox. So it's a win-win for everybody."

According to the report, paying a surcharge on top of an eligible game's base price would allow access to purchased console titles on tablets, mobile devices, and Internet-connected TVs. The system in place is described as "pro-console," and publisher friendly. "The biggest opportunity is that it doesn't require any work on the developers' part to do something to the game like they do for OnLive or some of the other services," said Mauler.

GameStop's console streaming service has been in various forms of beta throughout 2011 with a launch set for 2012.

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dylan35
dylan35

Gamestop... Hands all up in the cookie Jar !!! i will miss midnight releases , i will miss stores altogether !!! i will miss Holding the game in my hands!!!! to the future!!!!

linksfire
linksfire

@suprsolider I couldn't agree more, their greed will ultimately destroy their company. i also play the games for the story not the multiplayer. If i want "multiplayer" ill go old school and play split screen with a friend on ps2, n64, or snes.

Kelvryn
Kelvryn

Gamestop can kiss my ass. I will Never do business with this company again. Their business practices seem to be getting shadier and shadier all the time. Electronics Boutique used to be my favourite game retailer but its since gone to hell when Gamestop took over.

suprsolider
suprsolider

The minute I have to pay a fee for the right to play the game I bought, will be the day I quit gaming and just stick to the collection I got. This is bullcrap. I used to defend online passes, but as soon as they started to affect single player stuff I drew a line. I never play online because I don't see a point in multiplayer (I play games for story, I have no interest in competition). This greed has gotten out of control. It's more about how much they can squeeze out of the consumer, like that will fix the economy.

BionicBrando
BionicBrando

Streaming is NOT the future. If so, our tvs, computers, games, music, movies, and stereo systems will be nothing but a tiny compact device hidden somewhere in your EMPTY, unfurnished living room. Our houses will contain nothing but couches and beds. No Paintings, no wallpaper, no culture, just holographic bull that comes from this stupid idea of STREAMING THE WORLD.

BionicBrando
BionicBrando

Paying extra for something thats not even physical? LAME!!!!!

Glacius-V
Glacius-V

I have always felt .|.. -_- ..|. about gamestop.Now even more so.I hope they fail.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

It's "win-win" only if both parties happen to be GameStop. This is why I prefer discs. Nobody is going to charge me $4.99 a month or whatever when I take my copy of Gran Turismo off the shelf, and put it in my console.

dre256x
dre256x

@nathanisthegod I agree bro, why should gamers suffer when it came be done without charge, do they always think money first and customers second? I see this as just another cash tap to please shareholders.

nathanisthegod
nathanisthegod

This is absolutely f****** stupid.....And they deserve ANOTHER stream of income, why?? I wonder if they are going to try the "save your disc" Bulls*** again....Hence we can install to hard drives....So please don't say that....Other than that, why the hell would I even try to play a FPS on a damned Ipad??

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Their corporate offices should hire me... I can think of bad ideas too.

Spacerac
Spacerac

I really don't get this. Is it like OnLive, but you have to own a PS3/Xbox copy on top of paying for the streaming? Personally, I don't see who would be dumb enough to pay for something streaming over the internet. $20 for a game streaming over the internet, $20 for a PS2 Greatest Hits title. "The former choice is newer!" BAM! Power outage on the streaming end. Meanwhile I'm jamming on my physical $20 disc.

servb0ts
servb0ts

this gen keeps on doing and resorting in dumbass ideas.

Raxyman
Raxyman

@Urbnhottie @Alexcmuller Add one more to that...

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

@JusticeFromSeed Yes unfortunatly streaming content is the future but Why would you stream content from GS when you can just buy it directly from Sony or MS? If you are a Playstation Plus Member you can play any PS game free for an hour or so before you buy it and they can expand it with their next system to "rent" them to the consumer very easily. If I were GS I would try to use some of my clout to keep games "disc" based for fear of being weeded out wich is inevitable if they bow down to streaming content.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

The only people who will buy this are people who decide to break the rules and dont own the console or game and stream it on the cheap. How are they going to see if people own the game? Good faith???

hunter8man
hunter8man

Now, I understand what they're trying to do. Yep, it still sounds dumb as hell.

shinmew
shinmew

Gamestop sees downloads as a threat so they are looking for other ways to make money. Little do all the retail workers know, most of them will end up out of the job sooner or later. The less GameStop has to spend on the ones that work for them, the better. They have already shown that with the way they cut peoples hours every year.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Now c I remeber them sayin games where gonna b cheaper when streamin or just downloading them guesss not they lied Y am I mot surprised

kytomasi
kytomasi

This is made for people that travel every 2 weeks and dont feel like packing their xbox games DUHHHH. we are all rich and take vacations 2 times a month. Why pack our xbox games when we can just stream it for a small fee........ Nice job GameStop.... idiots

megakick
megakick

Ha? I guess Selling used games wasn't enough. So for a charge im going to be able to play Halo: Reach on a Apple Ipad? I'm curious on how Gamestop is going to do this and not violate the user agreement again.

kytomasi
kytomasi

lol I never do any streaming or cloud gaming. These companies wont be around forever and will they send you a hardcopy of the game if they go under? I doubt it.

JusticeFromSeed
JusticeFromSeed

@Infinity_Gauntl They're trying new things. It's called innovation. If they continue to push towards streaming content and online gaming, they will have a profitable future. Why? Because most analysts agree that streaming content and online gaming are the future of gaming (and media in general, really). I'm not a huge fan of GameStop, but I'll support any business that's willing to take risks to stand out. That kind of thinking is sorely lacking anymore.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

GameStop is going to go out of buisness. 5-10 years.

dragon_rule87
dragon_rule87

I dont understand. If they cant describe it, why should we buy it? FAIL!

twztid13
twztid13

i still don't understand if it streams to the tablet (or whatever screen you want) from your actual console, thus actually needing the physical copy (but how would they turn it on/off etc while you're not at home), or if buying the console & copy of the game is just politically correct talk (to not make console makers mad since they are bypassing them) meaning you buy a digital copy of the game & they'll stream it anywhere for you (even your home tv). anyone else know?

hobojohnson
hobojohnson

Soooo, I buy the game then have to PAY on top of that purchase to stream that game (that I have already bought) to play on my console.....Ummm, OK!!! Yeah, that sounds like WIn/WIN to me!!!! Oh wait, I can also stream it to my tablet or mobile device, OHHHH OK!!! That sounds like it would be fun to play COD or Skyrim with touch controls!!!!!

beuneus12
beuneus12

what if my ps3/xbox breaks down gamestop? Keep my receipts around forever? Or i need to rebuy? F that, i want my hard copy

gam3r2011
gam3r2011

f*ck that. i would rather have a physical and solid copy i can get at the store then stream some bs

Frosty192
Frosty192

I would rather have a console that use streaming services. Onlive is dumb because you dont own the physical game so if the company goes under oh look, no games for you.

999realthings
999realthings

Why would you want to pay to stream a game you already own? I don't think Gamestop quite understands this concept.

b1gt0ne
b1gt0ne

Ahhh Gamestop, they never cease to amaze.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Guess I don't really understand the concept. Does the console stream to the tablet? If it doesn't, then why pay any money at all for the console? Just have games stream directly to whatever device you want? The whole thing sounds incredibly stupid. It's just always interesting to see new players try to enter the console market and get burned hard. I'm looking forward to GameStop getting this treatment.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

lmao. Amazon gaming download service and prices > this garbage

RgvXavi
RgvXavi

I understand the gripe but I guess the easiest way to combat this is to simply not accept the service. The only way this catches on is if the consumer allows it to do so. So, just don't pay the extra fee for the service. I know I won't drop a dime on this idiotic exploitation of capitalism.

vega13mv
vega13mv

i can only see this working for people who are too damn lazy to get off the couch and switch the disc on their console

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

In reality a "Win-Win" solution doesn't exist. Definately not with Gamestop. So we have to see if the Gamestop streaming service does catch on.

daabulls23
daabulls23

"...So it's a win-win for everybody." Except for the consumer.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

a win-win for everybody.... that's a funny one!

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

So I buy a game and then pay more? Thanks but I'll pass.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

So I buy the game. Then pay you to stream it for me? So where is the win part for me?

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

@hunter8man That's the point...you don't own it! They control the availability of the product and you're paying to use something of theirs. Its not a good idea because it takes away the consumer's ability to own anything and do as they please with it.

hunter8man
hunter8man

How is this a good idea? Why the hell would you pay to stream a game that you already own?