GameStop is about to put warning labels on some of its games, but they won't warn of graphic violence or sexual themes. Instead, they'll warn about used games that might have key features locked out due to Online Pass schemes.
Law firm Baron and Budd today announced a settlement reached with the specialty retailer in a class action lawsuit over secondhand sales of such games. Under the terms of the settlement, GameStop will post signs on its shelves warning that content advertised on game packaging as free with purchase could require an additional purchase when the product is bought used. The signage will be posted on the shelves of GameStop's California stores for the next two years.
Additionally, those who purchase certain used games can get $15 back from the retailer. Members of the store's PowerUp Rewards loyalty program will get a $10 check and a $5 coupon, while those not enrolled will get a $5 check and a $10 coupon.
"The in-store and online warnings are an important benefit under the settlement as well, because if GameStop discloses the truth to consumers, it is unlikely that they will be able to continue selling used copies of certain games for only $5 less than the price of a new copy," Baron and Budd attorney Mark Pifko said in a statement. "In fact, we already know that not long after the lawsuit was filed, GameStop lowered prices for used copies of many of the game titles identified in the lawsuit."
The firm is currently considering similar actions against GameStop outside of California and has put out a call for consumers in other states affected by the retailer's policies. As of press time, a GameStop representative had not returned GameSpot's request for comment.