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GOG ending Fair Price Package program to increase developers' cut

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Not long after we've caught wind of layoffs at CD Projekt Red's digital games platform GOG, the company revealed they'll be ending the Fair Price Package program on 31 March 2019, in order to secure bigger cuts for game developers.

For what it's worth, it seems that the earlier reports were accurate in that GOG is rapidly approaching unprofitability, which prompted CDPR to do the difficult but necessary cuts in both of the cases.

Fair Price Package was GOG's way of balancing the changes in global pricing of games. The way it worked is that if your regional pricing was higher than the rest by $5, GOG would refund you $5 in GOG Wallet credits.

"In actual numbers, on average, we give users back 12% of the game price from our own pocket. In some cases, this number can reach as high as 37%", the announcement explained.

Unfortunately for GOG, covering these costs is no longer sustainable without incurring actual losses. Bearing in mind the industry trend towards greater developer share - it was time for a change.

Fair Price Package will remain in effect until 31 March 2019 and GOG reminded that the funds gathered in the program have a 12-month expiration date from the last day some have been added, so it's no rush. 

"Removing FPP is not a decision we make lightly, but by making this change, we will be able to offer better conditions to game creators, which - in turn - will allow us to offer you more curated classic games and new releases. All DRM-free", the statement reads.

GOG have recently laid off at least a dozen employees, or 10 per cent of its total workforce, which the store described as part of the reorganisation that's started last year, in October 2018 to be exact.

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Epic's decision to increase developer share to 88 per cent is already causing waves through the industry and it seems like smaller stores are feeling it first. 

You can find GOG's official statement on the Free Price Package program here