6549 posts since 16/05/14
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.
3735 posts since 03/04/13
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.
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.
2118 posts since 16/07/13
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.