GameStop settles lawsuit over Online Pass-style practices

Game publishers have been trying to stem the tide of used console games sales by sometimes putting in an "Online Pass" system. That means that a person who buys some used games may be required to pay an additional fee online to download content and features versus someone who buys a new copy of the game.

Now game retailer GameStop will be required to place up warning signs in its stores in California, and also on its website, that will warn consumers that buying a used game may require paying some additional money to get all of the game's promised content. The move is part of a settlement that GameStop made with a person who filed a class action lawsuit against the retailer two years ago.

According to Gamasutra, the original lawsuit, filed by California resident James Collins, claimed that GameStop engaged in "deceptive and misleading practices" by not disclosing that some used games would require people pay more money to gain access to all of its content.

In addition to the warning signs, GameStop customers in California will be able to get a $10 check and a $5 coupon if they purchased a used game with such content and are a member of the retailer's PowerUp Rewards program. Non-PowerUp members will get a $5 check and a $10 coupon.

The law firm behind this California lawsuit is reportedly looking into taking similar legal actions in other states where GameStop stores are located. There's no word if any similar lawsuits will be filed against other retailers that sell used games.

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