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Submitted by jagiii 426d ago | article

CNN Money: The end of video game disks

The booming mobile and free-to-play video game markets are seriously weighing down today's disk-based game sales. Sales of new and used video game disks made up just 35% of overall video game sales last year, according to research firm Newzoo. That's down from 40% in 2012.

Meanwhile, smartphone and tablet games are taking control of the video game industry. For example, King's popular Candy Crush Saga game earns over $1 million per day from in-game sales of extra lives and power boosters. Mobile consumers play King's games more than 1 billion times a day --up three-fold from a year ago. The company announced its plans to go public on Tuesday. (Call of Duty: Ghosts, Candy Crush Saga, Grand Theft Auto V, Industry, Wargaming.net)

gamerlive  +   426d ago
Video game consoles aren't going anywhere...yet.
thereapersson  +   426d ago
We see articles like this way too often. Discs aren't going anywhere and neither are standalone console boxes. We have nowhere near the infrastructure to develop a digital distribution network, especially when we have monopolistic corporations like Comcast and telecoms like Verizon pushing for the most anti-competitive measures in the marketplace to harm consumers' choice and protect their bottom line. I hope Google's fiber network takes off in more locations and forces these tech giants with their antiquated, anti-consumer business practices to shape up or ship out.
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lolCHILLbro  +   426d ago
Microsoft also tried to go the digital route, its better for developers and publishers but not consumers, yet they didnt execute it well, hopefully we dont go all digital but i can see it happening soon especially with the emerging PC market and how well PC is doing with digital marketplaces
The_Infected  +   426d ago
Here we go again! Does it ever end?
tigertron  +   426d ago
The releases of the PS4 and Xbox One, along with the releases of big games like GTAV and TLOU crushed this stupid argument that mobile games are the future.
thereapersson  +   426d ago
When even the new systems are shipping with "only" 500GB, and full-length, big-budget titles are upwards of 50GB, I don't see disc-based games going anywhere soon. Those drives fill up fast if you are planning on downloading everything. We also can't forget the fact that everyone made such a stink about not being able to do what they like with their software - something that DRM-laden digital distribution doesn't USUALLY offer - thus proving that consumers aren't anywhere NEAR ready to give up their physical media.
Gore-Content  +   426d ago
Not gonna click on that link. Just wanted to say, during the hayday of x360, CNN liked to say stuff like "PS3 is a sinking ship". Does it sound like objective journalism to you?
thereapersson  +   426d ago
Anyone who thinks CNN is relevant has their head buried in the sand.

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