More Gamers Than Ever Buy Games Online
According to a report by the NPD Group acquired by Gamasutra, gamers are embracing digital distribution. Given the choice between a digital and physical copy of a game available at the same price, 35% of those polled opted for the digital copy, up 10 percentage points from last year’s total.
Other research suggests that this will be a bad year for consoles and handheld platforms in the retail market, and therefore a bad year for brick-and-mortar game business in general. This is interesting in light of remarks made by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney during his recent GDC Taipei keynote, where he predicted a future full of digital, “freemium” games that will replace going to a store and buying a “piece of plastic.”
What say you, readers? Do you still like having a “piece of plastic,” or is it all-digital, all the time?