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.