Bethesda Explain Reason Behind Legally Threatening a Customer Selling a ‘New’ Copy of The Evil Within 2
The Evil Within 2 originally released back in October 13th in 2017. The sequel received mostly positive criticism and praised developer Tango Gameworks work in improving and learning from the original title’s mistakes and taking their fans’ feedback into consideration.
An incident happened earlier this week, when Philadelphia resident and US citizen Ryan Hupp got threatened by Bethesda to legally sue him for selling The Evil Within 2 on Amazon as a “new” copy. The studio clarified that their entire stance is against the “new” label, since he already bought or been gifted the game and listing it up as new puts him in a position as if he is a reseller. Bethesda’s Pete Hines expressed his opinion on the matter and supported the company’s decision.
He’s not trying to sell a second-hand game, he’s trying to sell a new game. He was listing the product as if it was new. All we’re saying is if it’s a previously owned product, you have to sell it as a previously owned product – you cannot represent it as new because we have no way to verify what you’re selling actually is new.
You could have opened it up, played it for five hours, taken whatever inserts or stuff was in there, put it back in shrink wrap and said, ‘Hey this is new.’ It’s not new – you owned it, you bought it, so just list it as a used title. That’s it, that’s the end of the argument.
We’re not trying to stop anybody from selling used games. People sell used games all the time – we understand that, we’re not trying to stop that.
The Evil Within 2 is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Back in February, the game received an update adding a first-person view option.