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Post by Dan @ 06:21pm 17/01/13 | 19 Comments
Popular digital download game keys retailer Green Man Gaming has responded to pressures to regionally discriminate on some of their games (currently only those published by 2K Games), by pledging a 30% rebate coupon code for affected titles (thanks Deviouz).
2K Games had reportedly insisted the retailer jack up prices for their games being sold to Australian and New Zealand visitors, as is customary for Australian publishers, and not wanting to lose their distribution access, Green Man sadly obliged.

However, the discount code nullifies the markup in most instances (and actually exceeds it in a couple), so everybody wins. Green Man gets some good will (and the opportunity to charge the occasional wealthy, apathetic customer the higher price), 2K gets their regular gouge price, and customers using the coupon get a fair deal.

The retailer claims the code will be valid for the next 10 years, a gesture somewhat muted by the caveat that it's "subject to change", but we imagine that tune could change quite fast if other major publishers take notice and request the same treatment.

Head over to Green Man Gaming (disclaimer: affiliate link that throws a few dollars AusGamers' way for any subsequent purchases made) to take advantage of their generosity. Search for "ANZ" to browse price discrimination affected titles.

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Latest Comments
Posted 11:17am 18/1/13
Looks like i will be buying Simcity off them if they sell it!
Posted 11:26am 18/1/13
Green Man Gaming had some awesome deals during the steam 'sale' bought quite a few titles through them.

D*** move from 2k games, would love to blast them on twitter.. but whats the point.
Posted 11:36am 18/1/13
Is there any word on whether this means they will start selling games from publishers that haven't been available in Aus?

Pretty sure the reason they haven't had other publishers available to Australians that they have available to US and UK customers is because they were asked to price gouge and stood their ground on. Hopefully this does mean they may become available, because I'd rather do all my game shopping at a store that supports Australians than have to give anything to those that are apathetic to us like Steam or Origin.

The more people that buy from them the more clout they will have in the industry and they will be able to make a bigger difference than they already are.
Posted 11:47am 18/1/13
What are ANZ games?I didn't know the bank ANZ made video games.
Posted 11:54am 18/1/13
Am I missing something here?
No one is complaining about the fact that 2K games are doing this to begin with?

What happened about the price gouging investigation by the govt?
Posted 12:00pm 18/1/13
What are ANZ games?I didn't know the bank ANZ made video games.
How is it possible to be this dull and/or unfunny?
Posted 03:38am 19/1/13
Not a fan of this, as the OP said other pubs will just use it as an excuse to keep gouging. It's just GMG trying to claim back some of the potentially lost sales to import. I'll stick to import thx. And f*** 2k.
Posted 08:26pm 18/1/13
The fact that they just caved is wrong. Should do what GoG does and let people set their country. Tell 2k that customers don't lie, that would be wrong to assume your customers are lying scum.
Posted 12:32am 19/1/13
What Trauma said. all it's doing is keeping all sides happy, not actively combating the issue.
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