You may be aware of the fact that those who purchased a physical copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution for the PC were greeted with pleasant surprise – a free redemption code for the OnLive version of the game. A very nice gesture from the cloud-based service, which no doubt saw a respectable increase in activity yesterday.
President and CEO of OnLive, Steve Perlman, said the following in regards to the free OnLive code:
“Gamers get the best of both worlds — a physical copy for their home PC and an OnLive cloud gaming copy for instant-play anywhere on an HDTV, PC, Mac, and soon iPad and Android tablets.”
However, this is where the situation becomes less than ideal. As it turns out, GameStop employees are supposedly being instructed to open all copies of the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and remove the free OnLive code. Then, after they have already opened it, sell the game as new.
The following image is a message that was allegedly sent by GameStop management, which directly tells employees of the company to break the seal on all new copies of the recently released game.
For those of you who can’t make out the distorted message, it says the following:
“Please immediately remove and discard the On Live coupon from all Regular PC versions of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Our desire is to not have this coupon go to any customers after this announcement.”
Obviously, you’re free to draw your own conclusions based on this information, but you can imagine that the majority of the industry isn’t very fond of this kind of business. In fact, some would say that it’s absolutely unacceptable.