It’s been a tough year for South African gamers as game prices creeped past the R1,000 price point on all three major platforms.
While a lot of this increase has to do with the weakening Rand, what does it mean for the next year of gaming in South Africa?
MyGaming recently sat down with Tex Hartog to discuss what the future holds for game prices in South Africa.
As soon as a game’s pricing hits that R1,000 mark, it impacts pre-orders, interest in the product, and in-store sales, said Hartog.
“It’s fair to say all parties involved are aware of this. Ubisoft isn’t the only publisher that has assisted with keeping games below that “purchase barrier”; Warner Bro’s, Sony, 2K and more have been actively trying to make gaming more affordable in South Africa.”
But what will we actually be paying in 2017?
“As mentioned earlier, barring extenuating circumstances, local Distributors and Publishers are working hard to keep gaming at or below the R999 mark,” said Hartog.
“But if we experience a dramatic (extended) decline like we did late last year, it could easily hit that R1,299 price point again.”