UPDATE: EB Games have provided us with an official statement around the launch of their Swap ‘n’ Play service. They have confirmed that since the service has gone live, they have decided to drop the $50 and under preowned limit. Gamers can now trade and swap absolutely any game that is available (preowned).
They’ve also confirmed that customers need to sign up for two months (for $19.95) and can then continue on for $19.95 a month or cancel after that two month period.
Unfortunately at this point, EB Games have confirmed that it is only available to South Australia, but that they’re happy with the initial response from the community.
Listen to Shannon, Jake and Matt talk about the EB Games Swap ‘n’ Play Service among many others things on episode 112 of The Start Cast.
An EB Games Spokesperson provided us with the below statement:
“Swap ‘n’ Play is a new service we’re trialling in South Australia that allows customers to grab any preowned game they want, and to swap it over as much as they like instore.
Whether they finish it in a day or decide they don’t like it, they can grab something new whenever they want. There’s no limit to how many times they can swap.
Since the website went live, we’ve actually updated Swap ‘n’ Play to give customers access to the entire library of preowned games. As long as we have the game – they can play it.
We created Swap ‘n’ Play to add value for our regular customers, especially parents. Over school holidays it’s not unusual for families to be in and out our doors finding new games to play. Swap ‘n’ Play allows for a hassle-free and more affordable shop.
The service is for our EB World members and is entirely receipt-free. It’s just $19.95 a month and after 2 months customers can cancel at any time.
We’ve had positive feedback from the community overnight, however at this time we’re only running Swap ‘n’ Play in South Australia. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for further updates.”
Original story: Press Start has received information that EB Games has launched what is essentially a game renting/subscription service called Swap ‘n’ Play. Currently, only South Australian residents can make use of the service but we don’t doubt that it will come to other states after what appears to be an initial testing phase.
For $19.95 a month, you can rent any pre-owned game under $50 and play it for as long as you want before taking it back into your store to swap it for something else. There is apparently no limited to how long you can keep a game for or how many times you can swap out your game for another.