The Gamestop CEO is optimistic that disc-based games will be around forever.
In a recent interview Fortune (via PixelDynamo) they talked to Paul Raines who is the CEO of Gamestop. He is not afraid of the future and its shift to digital gaming.
The main quote from the interview is that he said “disc based games will be around forever“. However, Gamestop itself sells a lot of digital content such as DLC for PC and console games plus Steam cards and more.
Raines says they already earn over $1 billion in revenue selling the digital content at their stores. He still thinks the future will see a hybrid market today where Gamestop still sells discs and digital content.
There are benefits to disc-based games that the digital market has yet to fully implement. First of all, you still cannot trade-in your old games for new ones in the digital market.
The other thing about digital games is that they are still more expensive than physical games. PC gamers have it good because Steam prices are very low. Digital games on PS4 and Xbox One are still far more expensive than buying it from retail stores.
Whether or not physical games survive in the next few years remains to be seen. It will depend on the console makers. Microsoft nearly made the Xbox One a disc-less console…