Submitted by journovampire 977d ago | news

Games retail will be gone in ten years, says EA exec

"That is my personal opinion and it may not be what EA thinks" (EA, Industry)

Axonometri  +   976d ago
What you going to do EA? Eat everyone opposed to your forward plans?
majiebeast  +   976d ago
Yeah... no. I love having a game collection and so do a lot of gamers.
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Hufandpuf  +   976d ago
I believe him. how is Gamestop going to survive in the long run by using their crap marketing anyway? Many of the family owned game stores are closing shop, so I wouldn't be surprised if gamestop took a huge hit by Steam and Origin in the next few years.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   976d ago
Oh gamestop's competitors closed shops?! OMG I wonder where those customers went, oh yeah, they went to gamestop =_=
Hufandpuf  +   976d ago
"U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware, software and accessories fell 20 percent in July to $548.4 million, researcher NPD Group Inc. said this month"


this is not a OMG Gamestop is doomed article, but judging by how many people are learning of Steam and their ridiculous sales, I wouldn't be surprised if more people transitioned to PC gaming.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   976d ago
You know, I have a pretty damn good gaming rig and I am a huge fan of PC gaming so I wouldn't mind that, HOWEVER, I simply just can't imagine that.
Reason being; I can't imagine Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo leaving the console gaming business any time soon. And with that, I can't imagine people wanting to stop keeping physical copies of games as well.

It just isn't viable(as of now), and because of that gamestop will never go out of business until it is viable.

Sure DD just may be the future, however, that doesn't necessarily mean the future is anywhere close yet.
1nsomniac  +   976d ago
It must be 10 years since they started saying this in the first place. Lets see what happens in another 10 years.
JBSleek  +   976d ago
I would hope so. Game stop runs a horrible business model which is good for their pockets yet bad for the consumer. Trade is good as long as both parties are better off yet the consumer isn't.

Either retail will die or retail will have to change their ways in order to deal with the changes and I'm sure it will be the latter.

I embrace DD as all media is pushing towards going digital I can get all my media in one place and storage is so cheap that it just makes sense. It may not be in ten years but I can see in twenty years that retail stores have no reason to be up anymore.
Hicken  +   976d ago
If you don't want those games, you're better off. It's true they're not giving you much in the way of value, but unless you trade in a game and YOU owe THEM, then you've benefited.

That aside, GameStop is far from the only retailer of video games. Any of the bigger stores- Walmart, Target- sell them, and not everybody who deals in JUST games has been bought out yet.

And a digital-only future is the worst-possible outcome for gaming.
g-nome  +   976d ago
Better to turn that retail outlet into a fast food store.
tehpees3  +   976d ago
We'll decide that. Retailers are still selling CDs so I don't see why games would just disappear.
Farsendor1  +   976d ago
i have already gone digital with steam
RmanX1000  +   976d ago
Arent you special?
Farsendor1  +   976d ago
nothing to do with being special its convenient
RmanX1000  +   976d ago
the first system i went full digital with was Vita. Because i had downloaded most of my psp games, and they didnt have a copy of UMVC3 when i went in. Other than that, bring on the discs and cartridges!
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mep69  +   976d ago
hopefully EA will be gone in 2 years
Summons75  +   976d ago
Ten years? Guess I know when I stop gaming then. Oh yeah EA how is the future since you clearly just came back from it, is Activision still charging 15 bucks for on disc dlc or dose call of duty still look like its from 2005? So many questions!
ChunkyLover53  +   976d ago
Sounds like wishful thinking on his part. He just wants to make 100% profit, instead of spreading it around. All digital would put a lot of people out of work.

They said the same thing over 10 years ago about physical music, and although its only around 50% of the sales right now, it still generates billions each year. There will always be a market for physical games. I just don't feel like I truly own a game if its not in physical form.
ABizzel1  +   976d ago
I kind of agree but not that retail games will be gone.

Retail will always be there, some people just prefer it. However, I'm sure that in 10 - 15 years digital gaming / sales will be the norm and have over 50% market share.

Google fiber is the future of internet. For $300 (or $25 for 12 months) you can get a 5Mbps download and a 1Mbps upload speeds and not have a monthly bill afterwards for 7 years. Or you can upgrade to Google Fiber with a 1GB download / upload speeds for $70 a month. This is a plan to make internet available to every household in the US. And with the 1GB speed you can seamlessly stream games via Gaikai. But this is at least 10 - 20 years off before it's available over the vast majority of the US.

So an incentive that's more current is PS Cross-Buy and more importantly buying one digital version of a game and having access to it on multiple devices. Retail cannot do this without a voucher code for the digital version which kind of defeats the purpose of Retail. Would you rather buy a PS360 retail game or buy the digital version that you can play on your PS360, laptop, desktop, tablet, handheld, cell phone, etc... It makes no sense in buying the retail version, and this kind of multi device cross play is beginning to see the light of day on PC / Android (where it's happening) and PlayStation (starting with Cross-Buy).

F2P games are becoming more popular and on par with traditional games, and it's highly unlikely that you'll see a F2P game being sold at retail. It defeats the purpose unless it wasn't intending on being F2P from the start (in the case of DC Universe Online).

DLC Subscriptions. It's happening now with COD, Battlefield, Gears of War, Uncharted, and soon to be more. Games will be selling for $150 where you get the game and a subscription service to all the DLC that releases with that game over a 2 year period. Again you can use a voucher code to imitate this at retail, but what's the point.

PS4 & Nextbox are the testing grounds for digital, and in 10 years the PS5 and Xbox? should be releasing which are sure to be ushering in digital only. It save devs time and money by not having to manufacture millions of retail disc, manuals, cases, and allows them to work on the game until the week before it's digital launch.

Digital is the future, and while retail will be there it won't be the dominating force that it currently is.

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