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As store closures mount up, is there hope left for physical games outlets?

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I don't think so.

I don't even understand how anyone still thinks physical game sales is a sustainable business model. One thing for certain is that internet speeds will get better and cheaper. Digital will keep growing every single year at the expense of physical sales. And at some point, it will take less time to just download your game than it does to get dressed, go to your car/train/bus and go to the store and back.



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You will always be able to buy physical, just not at dedicated stores anymore in the near future. Price wise that works out better for us because major outlets dont rely on software sales for growth. Its there as an incentive to walk into there supermarket/shop to buy other things that profit margins are much higher.

Cerebralbore101 said:
OP what country do you live in? I don't know about that other chain, but here in the U.S. Gamestop is the worst place to buy games. I think we're not witnessing the failure of physical games markets, but the failure of poorly run, chain stores, that offer up insulting amounts of trade-in credit for games.

Canada and here we've got EB Games, my experience with them is good, I've never had a problem, but I admit that I'm like at least 50% digital buyer now



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Sixteenvolt420 said:
I honestly can't tell you the last time that i bought a game in-store. It's definitely been at least 3 or 4 years, though. Amazon gets most of my gaming business. Most of the other stores, i only buy from on Black Friday or if they have a good sale price on a game that i'm after. I always buy my physical games online, though.

Just asking, why do you prefer Amazon? because other game stores also sell online.



PLAYING: Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4), For Honor (PS4)

My Total Sales prediction for PS4 by the end of 2021: 110m+

When PS4 will hit 100m consoles sold: Before Christmas 2019

There were three ravens sat on a tree / They were as blacke as they might be / The one of them said to his mate, Where shall we our breakfast take?


I like both digital and physical, but I'm not a collector, so if the price and convenience is better on digital, I go for it. On the other hand, I feel a bit sad to see those stores go, I'd like them to turn into those comics/cards/geek stores that we still have out there.

PLAYING: Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4), For Honor (PS4)

My Total Sales prediction for PS4 by the end of 2021: 110m+

When PS4 will hit 100m consoles sold: Before Christmas 2019

There were three ravens sat on a tree / They were as blacke as they might be / The one of them said to his mate, Where shall we our breakfast take?


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It's only a matter of time before being a store specializing in just physical video game sales will not be a sustainable model at all. Certainly not one that allows you to operate as a big corporation. Companies like Gamestop will either have to expand their offerings beyond video games, and thus become something else, or just sell your assets off and close shop. They tried to break into digital sales when they bought Impulse to compete with Steam but from what I've seen it didn't work out at all.

VAMatt said:
GameStop and other retailers can survive, but they're going to have to significantly decrease their footprint. I don't know what's GameStop's debt load will allow them to do that. But, if they can right-size, they'll be fine. Physical game sales are not going away anytime soon, especially when you consider the 40 years of gaming that has already taken place and is almost all physical. There will be a market for those games forever.

Well it goes fast,  10 years ago TR anniversary was the first retail game that you could download and the response from the cummunity was luke warm. 
Now we have so many people who only buy digital.  The next ten years will be interesting =).






0D0 said:
Sixteenvolt420 said:
I honestly can't tell you the last time that i bought a game in-store. It's definitely been at least 3 or 4 years, though. Amazon gets most of my gaming business. Most of the other stores, i only buy from on Black Friday or if they have a good sale price on a game that i'm after. I always buy my physical games online, though.

Just asking, why do you prefer Amazon? because other game stores also sell online.

Because i have Prime, and also a Prime Rewards credit card, where i earn 5% cash back in the form of Amazon credit. I end up with $30-$40 of free stuff from Amazon, every month.



It's clear that physical sales are on the decline and will not be a thing anymore after some point. I think they will still be here next gen, but the gen after that? Maybe? At some point I would imagine the consoles to not even have a physical option.



Sixteenvolt420 said:
0D0 said:

Just asking, why do you prefer Amazon? because other game stores also sell online.

Because i have Prime, and also a Prime Rewards credit card, where i earn 5% cash back in the form of Amazon credit. I end up with $30-$40 of free stuff from Amazon, every month.

Holy crap is that 5% cash back on all purchases? I am in the market for getting a new credit card and that sounds amazing.