Nintendo bridges the gap that allowed publishers to “play” the eShop sales chart

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Do you remember Christmas when publisher QubicGames gave away 10 Switch titles for free? The friendly advertising – which meant you could get 100% off the publisher’s price of 10 titles as long as you already owned another version of QubicGames – brought the free games to the top of the eShop charts as Nintendo downloads over 14 Days, regardless of how much a game costs.

We won’t see this type of advertising again, however, as it turns out that Nintendo has closed the void that allows publishers to give away their games for free as long as the buyer already owns another of their titles and Still make them appear on the charts. The promotions can still be carried out, but the publishers do not benefit from an increased presence in the eShop – which basically makes such a promotion superfluous.

While this clever way of “playing” the eShop is no longer a valid option, the problem of companies giving deep discounts on their titles to get them to the top of the eShop charts remains and probably won’t be anytime soon disappear. For games, prices can still be reduced by 90% and continue to be included in the charts.