Pirates are going to pirate no matter what. Give a thief a chance to steal, they’ll do it. There’s no need to make up hypotheticals or anything for them, just give them a way to steal and it’ll happen.
How does this relate to GamePass though? There’s no exclusive content on GamePass and every game on it can be bought to own. It’s the exact opposite of all of those streaming services.
Actually if everything start to become subscription base model, all company will start to make exclusives content. Netflix early day are free and don't have any exclusives, But day by day as time goes and many company follow, they starting to make exclusives content.
I bet with my both ear, if Subscription succeeded in converting ownership model to subs model, we will see the same situation with Video streaming. All company will start making exclusives content.
Also the problem with subs payment is how subs will devalue the games quality.
Why in the world would everything go to a subscription? Even right now, as popular and over saturated as the streaming market is, a vast majority of the stuff is available in physical form or in non-streaming form. CBS has free over the air broadcasting where a vast majority of their content can be consumed. They also have CBS All Access which has all that same stuff plus exclusive stuff. You can subscribe for that stuff, or you can just buy it physically and not subscribe. Same with virtually every other network out there who does a service. And Netflix, they also put their most popular stuff out in physical form.
Netflix started to make exclusive content because the prices to license out all the movies and television shows got to a point where it made sense for them to make their own stuff. Plus it's a way to get people to subscribe. I can't imagine being a consumer and thinking here's this thing that looks cool and I want to watch it, darn why did Netflix make this? How is that anything other than a win for consumers? lol
That doesn't apply to video games. There will be hardware, there will be physical media. Gaming already has companies making their own content and always had. They won't run into licensing issues because the industry doesn't work that way. EA won't come up to MicroSony and demand a ridiculous break on licensing fees because then where would EA take their games? That's different than the streaming market because there the pipeline moves in the opposite direction. Companies can have bidding wars for exclusive rights to their content.
Your worries sound like the same fearmongering we heard with EA Access and here we are at the end of the gen and the only company that followed suit is Ubisoft. And with them, they actually have their own platform so they probably shouldn't even count.
How in the world would an optional subscription service lower the quality of games LOL. Doesn't make any sense. In fact, some of the best content that is out there exists in the premium subscription based services. In the last Emmy awards, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Prime, FX, Hulu, etc dominated the nominations with NBC also showing up pretty well but none of the other over the air networks doing much of anything. I mean... they're trying to sell you a service. Exactly how does it make any sense to try to sell you worse games on a service?
GamePass hasn't had any negative impact on games and its been around for over two years.