'There is a R$600 game': Why would the game still be expensive if taxes were four times lower?

‘There is a R$600 game’: Why would the game still be expensive if taxes were four times lower?

Taxes on games have already been made four cuts during Jair Bolsonaro’s (PL) government, the most recent in July. But have prices really gone down?

As per the perception of players and professionals associated with the segment he consulted tiltGovernment initiatives have not had this effect. On the contrary, the values ​​went up.

There are several reasons for the price hike. This is partly due to the dollar’s appreciation in recent years; But also due to the lack of microcircuits that affected the global electronics market after the COVID-19 pandemic; And due to the lack of products, such as the PlayStation 5 (due to the supply chain crisis as well).

Election play?

In Brazil, the tax was reduced from 16% to 12% for parts and accessories, as well as toys. As for video games with attached or separate screens and related parts, 16% was zero.

for the economist Iphone GillardTax reduction can be considered an electoral strategy. He considers that “who enjoys this kind of games is the young people in whom the Bolsonaro government does not have a good range. Therefore, it can be understood that it is an electoral procedure to get votes.” Gillard..

Influencer Skorpion Gamer, a YouTuber with over 5.6 million subscribers, is one of those who have noticed a price increase, despite the lower taxes.

“My view for someone who buys games on a daily basis is that prices have gone from the R$180 level and R$190 level to R$350. There are games that go for R$600. I haven’t felt a decline in their value, and yes, the growth because the gaming industry has other costs.” For us here in Brazil, it ends up taking a lot,” Scorpion analyzes.

Influencer and Youtuber Skorpion Gamer Notes Increase in Game Prices Even with Tax Cuts

Photo: personal archive

PS4 interest has increased

Designer Gabriel Diniz, 29, also understands that games were not expensive at all, causing jokes among the gaming community.

“You hear a lot about price cuts and taxes by the current government, but new games continue to be released in the R$300 range, and we know that’s not an economic reality. [para os brasileiros]“.

The tax cuts were good in 2021, as there was a drop in prices for the new generation PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, says Vinicius de Mora Alves, director of Cut Games, a video game retailer.

“In the last fall of this year, unfortunately we could not see its results, due to the shortage of last-generation controllers. So they have not lowered prices yet. [o interesse] on previous generation consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One,” explains Elvis.

Another important factor is the demand for devices on the second-hand market, which also contributes to the fact that tax credits have no practical implications.

“I thought about buying in the US”

Civil engineer Caio Walder, 25, considered buying the PS5 in the US due to the high prices that were practising at the time.

“I changed my video game a few months ago (I had a PS4 and bought a PS5) and did some research beforehand to find a cheaper place to buy it, because the prices here in Brazil are very expensive.”

Since there is no place to pick it up in the US, the online purchase plan has been phased out. The solution was to search in Brazil, but the cost thwarted him.

The engineer remembers that he knows a store in Santa Iphigenia that bought old video games to discount the price of a new one. He had to hand over his Nintendo Switch, valued at R$3,500, as part of the payment for the PS5, which was R$5,400 in value. He ended up paying the difference of R$1,900 only.

“It was an opportunity amid the very exorbitant prices we found here. I saw that they lowered the video game tax, but I didn’t feel any difference buying a new one,” he says.

PlayStation manages to lower prices

After contacting Tilt, Sony showed a drop in values ​​on PlayStation after the first three IPI (Industrial Products Tax) cuts.

August 2019 – first IPI reduction

  • PS4 – From 2599 BRL to 2399 BRL
  • PS4 Pro – From 2999 BRL to 2799 BRL
  • Play Station VR – From 2799 R$ to 2599 R$
  • DualShock 4 . Controller From 259 BRL to 249 BRL

November 2020 – The second reduction in IPI

  • PS5 with media input – From 4999 BRL to 4699 BRL
  • PS5 digital copy – From 4499 BRL to 4199 BRL
  • DualSense control – From 499 BRL to 469 BRL
  • HD Camera – From 449 BRL to 419 BRL

August 2021 – 3rd reduction in IPI

  • PS5 with media input – 4699 Brazilian riyals compared to 4399.90 Brazilian riyals
  • PS5 digital copy – 4199 Brazilian riyals compared to 3899.90 Brazilian riyals
  • PS4 – From 2799.90 BRL to 2599.90 BRL
  • DualSense Control white – From 469.90 BRL to 439.90 BRL
  • DualSense Cosmic Red . Controller – From 499.90 BRL to 469.90 BRL
  • DualSense Midnight Black controller – From 469.90 BRL to 439.90 BRL
  • HD Camera – From 419 BRL to 389.90 BRL
  • DualShock 4 Jet Black Controller – From 299.90 BRL to 279.90 BRL
  • DualShock 4 Colors Controller – From 319.90 BRL to 299.90 BRL

tilt It also invited Microsoft (which is responsible for Xbox) to present its values, but the company did not express itself. Nintendo, which is responsible for the Switch, does not have an official representation in Brazil with a uniform pricing policy.

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