Shunal DokeJul 05, 2013 16:37:34 IST
In the wake of the recent announcement that EA, among other publishers, will be hiking the price of PC games in India, serveral Indian gamers have taken to Twitter to protest through the #EAPCIndia hashtag. The hashtag was created by gaming website IndianVideoGamer as a way to make the voice of Indian PC gamers heard.
The outcry has mostly been because of EA's announcement that FIFA 14 will be costing Rs 2,499 and Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals will cost Rs 3,499. These are considerable hikes, especially when compared to the prices of the previous iterations of the games—Rs 1,499.
According to IVG, EA's reasoning for the price hike is that it can bring the prices of PC games in India closer to the global $60 price tags. This is because, through the use of VPNs, gamers from other countries have been able to buy games from the Indian Origin store at considerably cheaper prices.
Need for Speed is getting a 133 percent price hike
The price hike is especially high when compared to the price of the average PC game in India—Rs 999. Despite the fact that other companies are also raising the prices of their games (Watch Dogs and Batman: Arkham Origins are set to cost Rs 1,499), EA's price hike is much more dramatic than others.
EA itself doesn’t have a presence in India and operates here through distributors—namely, Milestone. The price itself doesn’t seem to be Milestone’s decision. It is far more likely that an EA team in South East Asia or Australia is responsible for this decision.
If you want to air your own grievances about the price, you can use the #EAPCIndia hashtag and tweet to @EAIndia. While this probably won’t convince EA to go back on its decision, it is meant more as a platform for gamers to voice their opinions to the company.
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