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Green Man Gaming announces Sony partnership

Online pre-owned games retailer to integrate with Sony DRM

Green Man Gaming, a new digital retailer of new and pre-owned games, has struck a deal with Sony DADC to use the company's SecuROM Digital Rights Management solution for the distribution of its games when it launches its site in April.

The move, said Green Man, will accelerate the number of triple A games that its site will be able to offer.

"The digital distribution channel is increasingly important to a broad range of companies that are attempting to establish their products," said David Berka, product manager for software DRM Solutions at Sony DADC.

"We see this partnership with Green Man Gaming and the integration of SecuROM into their revolutionary approach as an important evolution, as it allows publishers to increase new sales revenues through monetising the consumers games library."

"This partnership dramatically accelerates our initial offer to include the majority of AAA PC titles that are currently available," added Green Man's CEO Paul Sulyok.

"We are looking forward to working with SecuROM and bringing PC gaming to a wider audience through Green Man Gaming and our retail partners."

Green Man announced its plans earlier this year, revealing that it will sell pre-owned PC games digitally as well as new ones.

This move has been widely supported by publishers, Green Man has told GamesIndustry.biz, since it will pay them a percentage of each pre-owned game sold.

The company plans to "sit in the middle as a market maker", and always offer customers a price for games they originally purchased from the Green Man site.

Sony's SecuROM is a popular security solution, currently used by around 90 per cent of the major publishers, including EA, Take Two and Capcom.

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