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Binge-gaming? Subscription services and the gaming industry

A ‘Netflix for video games’?

At the end of February, Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft’s Xbox video gaming division, announced a new gaming subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.

For $9.99 / £7.99 per month, users will gain unlimited access to an initial library of over 100 games. Each month, the library will be updated, with some games being removed from the service and new ones added in their place. Should players wish to add a particular game to their permanent collection, they may purchase it at an exclusive 20% discount.

A number of notable publishers will offer their games on the service, including SEGA, 2K Games, Namco, Codemasters and Capcom. However, there are some notable absences at this stage, including EA, Activision and Ubisoft. Popular titles set to be available at launch include Halo 5: Guardians, NBA 2K16, SoulCalibur II, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Fable 3.

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