Both the Xbox and the PlayStation now offer digital download-only game consoles for consumers to choose from. Foreign game industry analyst MauroNL said a few days ago that the German branch of game maker Electronic Arts will stop selling physical game CDs, and players can only purchase and download digital versions of games through software stores.
EA’s games, including the “FIFA” and “Battlefield” series, will not only stop selling physical game discs in Germany, but even Austria, Switzerland and many Nordic countries will follow. In the annual report of EA’s German branch, it is mentioned that the company will no longer generate profits from physical game products, so it needs to restructure its business in Germany and cancel contracts with local retailers to match new business development.
After the launch of Xbox One and PS4, game makers have successively invested more resources in digital downloads. Taking Capcom as an example, they once revealed that about 80% of sales come from digital downloads in 2020. It is not yet known whether EA’s decision to stop selling physical game discs will be implemented in markets other than Europe, and EA has not officially responded to the report.
Data and picture sources:IGN
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