Digital Game Sales Continuing To Grow, Now Represent 74% Of US Game Market

At least in the US.

Posted By | On 19th, Apr. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


It looks like digital games are now an indelible part of the gaming landscape- they continue to comprise an increasingly large portion of game sales, and represent a 74% share of the overall pie, according to a report released by the Entertainment Software Association (via Games Industry).

This, of course, explains why dedicated US game retailers like GameStop are struggling- more and more people are used to getting their games digitally, as digital game purchases and downloads become increasingly normalized. However, this is important- that 74% figure includes full game digital downloads, subscriptions, DLC, social, and mobile- with the latter only being available digitally, and representing a massive part of the market, the 74% figure makes more sense.

Given the push towards digital by Xbox, PlayStation, and even Nintendo going forward, as well as the continued growth of mobile, VR, and PC gaming, it will be interesting to see just how much that figure rises in the coming months and years.


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  • Old Skool

    All the more reason why Sony needs to jump on board with Steam, and Microsoft with us consumers being able to return digital games when necessary.

    • LifeOnMars

      Am I missing something here, what is wrong with the Playstation store?

    • bardock5151

      Refunds are crap. Xbox is slightly better right now (still more of a pain than it should be), but will match Origin and Steams refund policies soon.

    • Holeybartender

      You can’t get refunds for an open physical copy,only store credit. Why should anyone get a refund for a digital copy?

    • bardock5151

      Shop at better stores. Ebgames Australia has a 7 day no questions asked return guarantee. I’m sure that’s not an Australia specific deal. Rights to a refund are also required by law.

      “Why should anyone get a refund for a digital copy”
      Plenty of reasons, game is broken, not the product as it was advertised (no mans sky), and how ever many other possible reasons that could be as unique as the number of people who request a refund.

      Most decent country’s also have laws that don’t leave the consumer entirely at the mercy of the seller. Origin and Steam (and soon Microsoft) both have robust, transparent and fair refund policy’s thanks to decent countries that have better consumer law.

      Any fool who calls a good refund policy “unnecessary” or asks “why should they?” obviously isn’t smart enough to understand basic consumer law, or has some fools agenda. Better consumer rights are a good thing.

    • Mark

      What’s wrong with Sony’s refund policy in ur opinion? I’m just now reading up on this stuff

    • bardock5151
    • Mark

      Oh yeah I heard about this

    • Old Skool

      As it stands right now getting a refund for a broken, unfinished (MassEffect Andromeda) or severely bugged video game that you bought digitally is a pain to the point most customers don’t get their refund back from Sony,Microsoft.
      Microsoft just announced they are going to pretty much follow Steams policies in regards to digital refunds…..which is great for US the consumer.
      Now we need Sony to follow suit…….

    • Mark

      Nice, thx

    • Old Skool

      No prob..

  • angryguy77

    “However, this is important- that 74%
    figure includes full game digital downloads, subscriptions, DLC, social,
    and mobile- with the latter only being available digitally, and
    representing a massive part of the market, the 74% figure makes more sense.”

    So, we really have no point in sharing this article as we don’t know how much this impacts physical media.

    GS could be struggling for a variety of reasons. Amazon, and other retailers selling discs could be the real reason behind their sluggish sales.

  • I will continue to be physical as long as digital doesn’t match Best Buy Gamers Club 20% off all releases…

    • Legionarius

      Same here, my dude.

  • Mr Xrat

    Nice misleading headline.

  • LifeOnMars

    Digital suits me fine, I have 2 playstation 200 miles apart this stops me lugging my game collection from one to the other.


 

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