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Indian PC Gamers Use Twitter to Protest EA Price Hike

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The Indian gaming scene is on the rise. To capitalize on rising sales, EA decided to raise its prices on games from Rs999-1499 (between $16-$25) to Rs2499-3499 ($41-$58) on its upcoming titles, which is approximately the same in price as Western markets.

EA may have altered its prices to prevent non-Indian customers from using VPN clients to pay for games at Indian prices via Origin.

Naturally, this price hike hasn't pleased Indian gamers, who have taken to Twitter to protest. Under the hashtag #EAPCIndia, gamers are complaining about EA's new policy. Many are threatening to boycott or pirate EA's games. "Back to TORRENTS for MOST," proclaimed one angry Twitter user. "So EA goes this way, gamers can try alternatives. Good opportunity for competitors [and] developers," stated another.

To give non-Indian residents a point of comparison for EA's new game prices, one of the protesters pointed out that his rent was only Rs9000, making the Rs3499 price point for a game absolutely outrageous.

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    chimera201 , July 12, 2013 12:58 AM
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    If US customers are paying $50 then so should every one else period. The price should be based on prices in the states and every country need to pay the same it is as simple as that.


    You are saying as if America rules the world.
    The cost of living in different countries is different and so will be the prices of video games.

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    JJ1217 , July 12, 2013 1:15 AM
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    If US customers are paying $50 then so should every one else period. The price should be based on prices in the states and every country need to pay the same it is as simple as that.


    I facepalmed. Not everyone earns the same wages. Considering the average pay from what I've heard is 35000-50000 rupees a year, 3500 rupees for single game would be 10% of their salary. Meaning maybe at top 1 game a year, ruling out other expenses.
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    shwetanshu , July 12, 2013 12:27 AM
    And then they complaint about the rampant piracy there.
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    spectrewind , July 12, 2013 12:09 AM
    "prevent non-Indian customers from using VPN clients to pay for games at Indian prices via Origin"

    Guess I missed the boat on that one...
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    JJ1217 , July 12, 2013 12:17 AM
    The VPN thing doesn't work too well. One of my mates bought a key for BO2 from Russia, and despite him using a VPN, they caught onto his playing in different countries and took the game off him. Just EA being more greedy.
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    JJ1217 , July 12, 2013 12:18 AM
    and I find it funny, because India is a good place for business. If they have boycotters, they're gonna lose alot more money increasing prices then keeping them to acceptable prices.
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    shwetanshu , July 12, 2013 12:27 AM
    And then they complaint about the rampant piracy there.
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    shwetanshu , July 12, 2013 12:37 AM
    This will only lead to increased piracy.
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    Chairman Ray , July 12, 2013 12:54 AM
    Before everyone starts thinking that all countries should pay equally, the price set in each country is determined by the equilibrium at which the profit is the highest. Software is often cheaper in countries such as India and China because currency is exchanged unfavorably for them, and average income is also low. If everyone had to pay the exact same amount in USD, then those countries would not be a market at all. I'm still curious as the the actual reason EA hiked the prices, because I'm having trouble believing the VPN issue is much bigger than the Indian market.
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    chimera201 , July 12, 2013 12:58 AM
    Quote:
    If US customers are paying $50 then so should every one else period. The price should be based on prices in the states and every country need to pay the same it is as simple as that.


    You are saying as if America rules the world.
    The cost of living in different countries is different and so will be the prices of video games.

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    eklipz330 , July 12, 2013 1:09 AM
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    If US customers are paying $50 then so should every one else period. The price should be based on prices in the states and every country need to pay the same it is as simple as that.


    wow typical idiot american is the reason the rest of the world hates us. do you realize the cost of living is different throughout the world? probably not.
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    JJ1217 , July 12, 2013 1:15 AM
    Quote:
    If US customers are paying $50 then so should every one else period. The price should be based on prices in the states and every country need to pay the same it is as simple as that.


    I facepalmed. Not everyone earns the same wages. Considering the average pay from what I've heard is 35000-50000 rupees a year, 3500 rupees for single game would be 10% of their salary. Meaning maybe at top 1 game a year, ruling out other expenses.
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    Sovereign_Pwner , July 12, 2013 1:21 AM
    Look, working at Subway as a part time job to get some cash in India you get 3000-5000 rupees a month. BS that EA is charging Rs. 3500 for Battlefield 4. They've brought the price of PC gaming up to where they charge for Console gaming. aka, BF3 was Rs. 1500 for PC but Rs. 2600 for the 360/PS3.

    This is as bad as how much they're ripping off people in Australia. Friend Pre-Ordered BF4 for 90 Aussie Dollars (90 USD) from Origin. I ordered it for Rs. 3500 (70 USD) from a Retail shop. smh. A digital copy should be cheaper then a physical retail copy regardless.
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    cooldudesubho , July 12, 2013 1:39 AM
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    I'm not American but even I agree that pricing should be the same around the world. If the product is the same, so should the price. Otherwise, if it's based on what a person's salary is, a Mercedes S-Class should only cost about 10 grand in India.


    Spoken like a true idiot.Games in india are cheaper cos they are manufactured there.There is no import duties.Increasing the price like this only will promote piracy.If they reduce the prices million of people will buy there games.Guess EA doesn't want to sell anything outside western countries.
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    KelvinTy , July 12, 2013 2:41 AM
    What is EA offering that is actually worth $60? Anything besides Crysis 3 doesn't seem to be up to standard...
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    Gundam288 , July 12, 2013 3:06 AM
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    Spoken like a true idiot.Games in india are cheaper cos they are manufactured there.There is no import duties.Increasing the price like this only will promote piracy.If they reduce the prices million of people will buy there games.Guess EA doesn't want to sell anything outside western countries.


    While you are spot on about the piracy and prices, you are WAY off on the manufacturing. Origin has digital downloads and they are charging this price, how do you manufacture code? Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V? I could understand that for the consoles but for PC gamers in India it makes no sense as you need you link your game to your Origin account and run the client anyway.

    EA needs to start dropping prices or they will have very few people buying games in India IMHO. I kinda feel that this is more of a money grab than it is to fight piracy.
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    cooldudesubho , July 12, 2013 3:55 AM
    EA is charging same price for BF4 and NFS rivals in india.LMFAO what bunch of retards....
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    Cons29 , July 12, 2013 4:16 AM
    typical EA
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    Karthik Sankar , July 12, 2013 4:47 AM
    Well EA games ,arent even worth buying anymore to be frank , but i dont see the reason for so much riot .....there are things cheaper in india that are not cheap in other countries .....just cuz the cost of living is low in india doesnt mean everything you want should be cheaper.
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    blotunga , July 12, 2013 5:30 AM
    I'm not sure why US customers are whining because they pay more than for example russians. I live in eastern europe and pay 30% more than in the US. And of course earn like 15% of what I would make in the states. :( (
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    luckiest charm , July 12, 2013 5:49 AM
    This is exactly true.

    In USA and other developed countries, peoples earning is also much higher than those living India. They earn $2000 on an average and so are the prices of goods there which ultimately makes buying a game for $50 negligible for them. They do not mind paying for 1-2 games every month. But think about those who are living in India. If you scale US earning and expenditure in India, earning is $750 and so are expenses to live a similar lifestyle as anyone living in USA. If you would make games such ridiculously priced in India, who would want to spend $50 on it when all they earn is $750 and their rent is $200 out of it? I totally support the protest because I find it legit. EA is already falling due to their not so liked games and now they are intentionally or unintentionally trying to loose money from Indian market too.
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