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Submitted by Lavalamp 859d ago | news

EA: digital is “what we’re all about”

EA made 76% of its revenue from digital business last quarter, and the publisher “burned the ships and marched inland”, according to EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau. (EA, Frank Gibeau, Industry)

Need4Game  +   859d ago
EA going Digital.
FlameHawk  +   859d ago
Says the one losing to Steam. The only reason they are going digital is because they can make more money.
Flavor  +   859d ago
"The only reason they are ________ is because they can make more money."

You ain't MBA material.
BitbyDeath  +   859d ago
Probably counting PS+ freebies :-p
Shad0wRunner  +   859d ago
No EA...screwing people over, is "what you're all about."
USMC_POLICE  +   859d ago
I don't want all digital...ever
KwietStorm  +   859d ago
It's likely to happen at some point.
BitbyDeath  +   859d ago
So is a zombie apocalypse but why rush it?
Soldierone  +   859d ago
Not any time soon. If it were to happen, then music would already be 100 percent digital. Yet CD's are still sold everywhere. Why? Because people like me will not buy digital, you have absolutely no rights when you do.
Bigpappy  +   859d ago
'Soldierone', I have 1000+ of the greatest hips I know on a thumb drive that I use in my car. When I need to ad a song I go to amazon and download in seconds. I can do anything I want to with that music. More that you with the physical disk (including rights). I challenge you to tell be 1 advantage you have buying the CD over buying digital.

We can demand ownership rights to Digital in the U.S and I am sure the courts will back the public on this. Amazon does it right.
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USMC_POLICE  +   859d ago
yes and it's likely that nuclear war will happen at some point but that don't mean lets start it next week just because it will happen in the future
rainslacker  +   859d ago

how nice for you. I don't download stuff for the most part. I like my physical products. What you want, and what you do, is not even the norm.

When the courts decide we have ownership on digital products, I may change my preference, or at least be willing to use digital more.

Also one advantage? It's what I like. It's how I consume my media. It works for me.

Having a physical copy means I'm not at the mercy of the content provider for access to my purchases. That's a pretty big advantage to me.

Don't care how many people are saying something is the future, I like what I like. A CD or game collection is much more impressive sitting on a shelf than just telling people that you spent a whole bunch of money on a bunch of 1's and 0's that you don't even own. I guess with digital we could boot up the system to show it off, but that's not quite as natural as someone looking at it and asking you about it. Doing it the digital way is more forced, and somewhat narcissistic...not really natural at all.
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KwietStorm  +   859d ago
I didn't say next week, I didn't say next year, but you said you don't want digital ever. I'm saying you're gonna have to accept it at some point, that's all.
famoussasjohn  +   858d ago
Good luck with that. We're transitioning and will eventually be in an all digital state.
M-M  +   859d ago
Micro transactions.
Benjammin25  +   859d ago
If that's the case, then not buying your games is "what I'm all about." Idiots.
KwietStorm  +   859d ago
So that's why they went all in with the Xbox One, pre-flip flop.
dcj0524  +   859d ago
The problem with digital is has it been proven to last for a long time? There's a reason the government has paper and digital copies.I like digital. No disc or chip or card. It's just there. Hdd crash? Redownload em and get you saved data from DA CLOWD ( PS+ thingy). I just wonder if any of these companies shut down their servers (*cough* Microsoft *cough*) will our purchase, 20 years from now be obsolete?
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Soldierone  +   859d ago
Of course they want all digital.

No rights to the consumer at all. They can remove old games and force you to buy new games. They get rid of the used market entirely (and somehow that benefits them). They don't need to compete with retail lowering prices, so 60 dollar games for life! Its a perfect world for them, until they realize nobody wants to buy it.....
spartanlemur  +   859d ago
True, we have few rights on digital, but at least with Steam we get low prices in return, so it's fair.

Origin just sells two year old games at original retail prices and yet gives us the same rights as titles on steam, despite perpetually demanding three times as much.
spartanlemur  +   859d ago
Origin needs to either die or hold some sales. I haven't bought an EA game since Mass Effect 3 over a year ago, and I'm getting fed up of their products being so competitively priced.
spartanlemur  +   859d ago
Uncompetitively priced.
iceman06  +   859d ago
I hate to say it, but an all digital future IS on the horizon. The problems that consumers face has less to do with our perception of rights to ownership and more to do with market control. As it stands, we dictate the ebb and flow of the market to the extent that if we don't buy a game, it's price will fall or it just won't sell.
However, in a closed economic ecosystem it is the distributors that control everything. That means fixed pricing for as long as they want. Since there isn't an alternative, we are forced to buy from them at whatever price.
Steam is a great service. But, it hasn't always been this great. It wasn't until there was competition that it became the service that it is now. Where will the competition come from with all digital consoles? Steam on consoles? Digital GameStops, Amazon, WalMart? Or will consumers just be at the whims of Sony, MS, and Nintendo?
AceBlazer13  +   859d ago
The only problem I have with digital Is ownership.These guys can block you from everything you paid for if they so feel like it so yeah I don't see myself going full digital anytime soon.
Reefskye  +   859d ago
Shame you over price for all your digital games EA, Paid £44 for PC version of BF3 just so i was ready to play on day release. When i could of bought the disc for £25. I'm not buying from Sony or Microsoft so why should i have to pay for the cut that these company get from the sale of each game for their respective consoles.

Never buying from Origin again when i can get most of EA's games around 40% less from any where else.
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