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Digital distribution sales grew 33% this year

#1Travarkas57Posted 4/2/2013 2:50:19 PM
At a GDC 2013 panel, game industry sales analysts from iResearch, the NPD Group, and Digi-Capital presented data about not just the game market in the US, but worldwide, demonstrating the speed at which the industry is transitioning to digital sales. Across the European Union and North America, digital content sales across PC, mobile, and consoles are growing at a rate of 33-percent year on year.

According to the gathered groups, $14.8 billion was spent on games in the U.S., and a full 40-percent, $5.9 billion, was spent on digital game content. Within that break down, digitally distributed games and DLC only account for about $2.2 billion. Lumped into the total though are social games, which generated just $544 million, and mobile games, which generated $2.1 billion. There’s also the more than $1 billion generated by subscriptions to games like World of Warcraft included in the breakdown. While digital game sales grew the most in 2012, even subscription sales, which many assume are dying out, grew nearly 13-percent.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/research-groups-lay-bare-the-differences-between-american-and-european-gamers/

I'll always prefer Physical. I'll never transition!

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#2hk7111Posted 4/2/2013 2:51:47 PM
I prefer digital for the most part. i prefer to not have to bring a bunch of discs with me if i go somewhere.
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#3Kage_AM2Posted 4/2/2013 2:53:06 PM
Physical copies don't affect the quality of the game so I don't care. I only care about what's gonna give me the best deal.
#4doraemonllh1989Posted 4/2/2013 3:02:26 PM
hk7111 posted...
I prefer digital for the most part. i prefer to not have to bring a bunch of discs with me if i go somewhere.


*look at ps4 compatibility with ps3 games

NOPE.
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#5kupo1705Posted 4/2/2013 3:03:17 PM
I vastly prefer digital, unfortunately PSN isn't quite ready for it.
#6AlltraPosted 4/2/2013 3:15:51 PM
What I'd like to know, is whether or not sales of Physical Media grew, stayed the same, or decreased.
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#7Travarkas57(Topic Creator)Posted 4/2/2013 3:17:34 PM
From: Alltra | Posted: 4/2/2013 7:15:51 PM | #006
What I'd like to know, is whether or not sales of Physical Media grew, stayed the same, or decreased.

Good point.
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#8ShineboxerPosted 4/2/2013 3:27:11 PM
lol

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#9dotsgalore218Posted 4/2/2013 3:54:40 PM
I would prefer digital if my internet didnt take 6 hours to download every game. As it is, i'd rather go to a store and pick it up.
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#10king_maddenPosted 4/2/2013 4:00:57 PM
doraemonllh1989 posted...
hk7111 posted...
I prefer digital for the most part. i prefer to not have to bring a bunch of discs with me if i go somewhere.


*look at ps4 compatibility with ps3 games

NOPE.


not really sure what your point is here.