In China, video game consoles are banned, so they must result to piracy. However, they wish that consoles would not be banned anymore:
“We would like to see the console ban removed,” said Liu. “Piracy is a huge issue for us… we make a lot of money from modding systems to play bootleg games, but it’s not a good business for us, there are too many variables.”
The variables Liu points out range from political and legal issues to market fluctuations. Liu and Yu claim that their store specializes in selling legitimate copies of games imported through the gray market and that they pretty much only sell PS3 games.P
“Piracy, in my opinion, comes from a necessity. Before the 360 was hacked, people still purchased legitimate games… you look at all the PS3 gamers, they can only purchase legitimate games,” said Liu. “Sure, once the 360 was hacked, gamers purchased more 360’s because they could play $1 games.”P
“However, if consoles were legal in China, there would be China region games which would result in a uniform market.”P
The uniformity of the market, Liu says, will help ensure that gamers don’t get cheated and that stores with better customer service will get more patrons.