The Digital Future

Downloads will replace traditional media within 10 years, says EA VP on GamesIndustry.biz is a Q&A with EA's European VP of sales, who feels that traditional retail sales of games will be just about finished within the next decade:
While Dr. Intat's comments are the clearest indication yet of EA's belief in a future where all videogame content is downloaded rather being sold in physical form, he was guarded in his response to a query about what this meant for traditional retailers.

"Firstly, traditional retailers are also entering the online space," he said. "The Wal-Marts of the world are competing with the Amazons of the world in traditional products - and they will do so in the online space."

"Secondly, there will always be - well, always is a little too far-reaching maybe, but for a very long time there will still be distribution of physical products. We should not underestimate the value of the reach that we do have today with our products - the impulse purchases that people are making, and that there are a huge amount of consumers out there who still want to buy physical products. The gift market also, the parents and grandmothers who still want to purchase presents for kids, and will still continue purchasing products in physical form," he concluded.
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In other news, the sky is blue, grass green and spring will promptly follow winter.

Stay tuned to anything that may cause to change this - or if someone clues in just in time to make it sound like they suddenly had a fabulous prediction.

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