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GOG are ending their 'Fair Price Package program', soon after letting staff go

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It appears things aren't going overly well for game store GOG at the moment, under increasing competition they're starting to feel the heat.

First of all, in a report on Kotaku, GOG recently confirmed that they let go a bunch of staff. They claimed it was only "around a dozen of positions" while also bringing in new staff in other positions. Fair enough, that all sounds quite normal in the business world.

However, Kotaku spoke to an ex-staff member who basically said GOG haven't been doing so well financially. That seems to now be somewhat backed up a little, as GOG just announced today that they're ending their Fair Price Package program. This was the system that users could get wallet funds back on purchases, if the price of the game was more expensive in their country compared with North America.

What's also interesting in this announcement from GOG, is that they said they were able to cover the extra cost from it in the past and still turn a "small profit" which is no longer the case. As they say "With an increasing share paid to developers, our cut gets smaller.", so it sounds like they will at some point reduce their cut from developers (sound familiar?).

Their current plan for the Fair Price Package program is to continue it until 31st of March, so you have until then if you made use of it. Any funds you're given, will remain with you for 12 months so they won't vanish right away.

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toor 26 February 2019 at 9:07 pm UTC
damarrinGOG operates in a different environment to Valve. Linux is completely negligible in their native Poland, they are almost certainly disinterested in Linux themselves and the Witcher 2 debacle was more than enough to turn them away from Linux users almost completely (I think it’s very probable the Galaxy no show on Linux is also due to that) They’re also a publicly-traded company and anything they do that doesn’t bring them profits is a huge liability to their share price. Their shareholders are Polish, so they don’t care about the Linux market at all and any actions to support us will be viewed as nonsensical.

Can you tell me a (developed?) country where Linux isn't negligible? And the linux release of their client being the most voted feature should tell that there is a non-negligible market, or at least, a community willing to support.

About this Witcher 2 debacle, they didn't show much effort, using a wine-based version, delegated to some other company, with HORRIBLE performance (at first), and sold at the same price than other platform, it looked like pure negligence, and as I don't endorse such actions from those linux griefers, I can somehow understand them, despite them not representing the whole Linux community anyway.

But let's assume that their intentions are not bad toward Linux, and that they are somehow trapped by shareholders. Well, so be it, they are rational, and so am I! If I have to make a choice between them and some others, I'm picking the one that show the most support for Linux, simple enough.


Last edited by toor at 26 February 2019 at 9:17 pm UTC
Lakorta 26 February 2019 at 9:18 pm UTC
While they're not as committed as other companies (e.g. Valve) to supporting Linux (see GoG Galaxy) they do support Linux (During the "pay a few bucks and get a random game" they gave refunds to Linux users if they got a Windows game. There are also several reports of them helping developer porting or packaging their games for Linux). Also I do respect their stance on DRM. So I wish them all the best, would be sad if they had to close their store.
Klaas 26 February 2019 at 9:23 pm UTC
Lakorta(…) During the "pay a few bucks and get a random game" they gave refunds to Linux users if they got a Windows game. (…)

Yes, I've read that as well, but that does not have anything to do with Linux. They refund every random game if the user does not want it and it has not been downloaded.
raneon 26 February 2019 at 9:28 pm UTC
As much as I would like to support GOG, their support for Linux never felt serious. With Steam we have strong support for Linux, Vulkan, RADV, RadeonSI, Proton, DXVK, FAudio and many more open source projects. I wouldn't expect GOG to be like Valve, but just beeing DRM free without any convenient client doesn't feel enough to me.


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Shmerl 26 February 2019 at 9:38 pm UTC
ScooptaI'm assuming by more modern you don't mean AAA because it'll be a cold day in hell when AAA devs release anything DRM free.

Not all of them are crooks. More are releasing DRM-free today than a decade ago. And the biggest credit for it goes to GOG.


Last edited by Shmerl at 26 February 2019 at 9:39 pm UTC
stretch611 26 February 2019 at 9:42 pm UTC
This is sad... As one of the few stores out there that doesn't just resell steam keys, this is a blow to competition.

Personally, I could not care less about GoG Galaxy... Instead I respect the fact that they do sell title supporting linux. However, even this aspect "needs improvement." There are far too many titles out there that actually have a linux version where the linux version is not available on GoG. This is the number one reason why I am slightly reluctant to use GOG.

I have 487 titles on steam (though most where bought through bundles) and only 129 games on GOG. (and many GOG titles are back from when it only dealt with "Good Old Games" or GOG Connect.) I have bought a few titles through GOG recently, but most titles by far are through Steam or Humble Bundle due to not knowing if or when a title will support linux on GOG.

I do not think this is the end of GOG... and I would not want that. However, they do need better linux support in the actual titles they offer if they want me to spend a larger portion of my money there.
einherjar 26 February 2019 at 9:43 pm UTC
damarrinGOG operates in a different environment to Valve. Linux is completely negligible in their native Poland, they are almost certainly disinterested in Linux themselves and the Witcher 2 debacle was more than enough to turn them away from Linux users almost completely (I think it’s very probable the Galaxy no show on Linux is also due to that) They’re also a publicly-traded company and anything they do that doesn’t bring them profits is a huge liability to their share price. Their shareholders are Polish, so they don’t care about the Linux market at all and any actions to support us will be viewed as nonsensical.

Hmm, so if they don't care for the Linux Community, why should I care for them?

They operate in an international market. So it is not that interesting, if the polish people do not care about Linux.

It would be nice, if they would care about us, but sadly they don't. As a German I would like to support a european company. But not in this way. No TUX no BUX ;-)

If GOG will really support Linux, I would consider buying games in their store. But surely won't happen. They seem to have serious problems. Linux will not be prioritized.
Shmerl 26 February 2019 at 9:50 pm UTC
Most of the complaints about "GOG not supporting Linux" come from Steam users who think Linux support = updater client. GOG do support Linux by selling Linux games. Most of the Linux GOG users don't care about the client, let alone closed source one.

Problem isn't the client, but lack of some games caused by not supporting Galaxy infrastructure for Linux. But those who aren't using GOG (Steam only users) rarely get that, since... they aren't using GOG ;)

Being constrained with resources, I'm not surprised they aren't prioritizing Galaxy much. I get an impression that they tried to bite more than they could swallow with their current Galaxy effort. They should have started with something minimal (just updater) like itch.io. And once that was solid, move to more features and so on.

Anyway, it's sad that GOG seem to be struggling with being profitable. Hopefully they'll figure a way to get into the positive again.


Last edited by Shmerl at 26 February 2019 at 9:54 pm UTC
tmtvl 26 February 2019 at 9:52 pm UTC
einherjarIf GOG will really support Linux, I would consider buying games in their store. But surely won't happen. They seem to have serious problems. Linux will not be prioritized.

You're confusing "supporting linux" with "treating linux like a first-class citizen." Discord and Epic do not support linux, they don't offer any linux versions of games. GOG supports linux, but doesn't treat it like a first-class citizen. Valve does, but then again they have (or had, at least) a platform that basically prints money.
Vishar 26 February 2019 at 9:54 pm UTC
Someone told few times that Linux is negligible in Poland

Its not exactly true. Linux in Poland is very loved by most corporation but as Server OS
Few days ago designer in my company spend near all his daily work hours on waiting for windows to finish updates
and still all PC use Win (excluding the Server)

As hard as i try not ever one of few friend try Linux as game-station but if any need Home multimedia server then Linux is welcomed witch love

So Polish are stupid to use Win as workstation (even if it still breaks and does not work as it should) but not so stupid to use as Server OS

Sorry for slight off-topic
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