The President of the ECA, Hal Halpin, in a recent interview stated his comments on where/how the 2nd hand games market will go.
Q: Second-hand games is another hot topic, and a big problem for publishers – how do you see that argument developing?
Hal Halpin: The way that that will stop is that going forward it will be more of a software license than a product purchase. So on the Playstation 4 or 5 you won’t have the rights that you do now in order to re-sell a product. That’s how the problem will be solved by the publishers – to the detriment of consumer rights – and there’s really not much, if anything, that can be done about it.