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Moore: disc-based games business is a "burning platform"

Industry to say "goodbye" to physical discs within 10 years says EA Sports president

EA Sports president Peter Moore has compared the traditional videogames sales model to a sinking ship.

"The core business model of videogames is a burning platform," said Moore, speaking at the 5th annual PLAY Digital Media Conference.

"Look at the platform we're on, it's a burning platform," said Moore. "As a concept, do you stay on the platform and face certain death, or do you jump into the water and face probable death? Most of you would choose probable death, so you start moving towards a hybrid model of digital distribution."

"As digital distribution becomes more and more, we'll continue as an industry to work with retail and to ship discs, but more and more of the content will be in the 'cloud," added Moore, as reported by consumer website IGN. "More content will be delivered daily, weekly, or monthly, and less will be of the old model of cartridges and discs."

Although he admitted that the industry could still be a decade away "from saying goodbye to physical discs," Moore also speculated that Microsoft would be the first console manufacturer to release a download-only home console.

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Serge Nguyen Marketing Assistant, Bug-Tracker11 years ago
Microsoft has always been a leader in digital content distribution and services. The next Xbox is very likely to lose its DVD drive
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The real question is : Why did Sony choose not to go gor that with the PS3 Slim ? Implement a built in system that would have allowed customers not only to buy the digital version of the games, but also, and that would have been the real REVOLUTION, to sell them as "second hand" when they are done with the game...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Pierre Carde on 20th October 2009 8:16am

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Yan Marchal Managing Director, Sanuk Games11 years ago
I doubt that any platform manufacturer will ever push the "second hand" digital market... It's clearly against their interest.
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Hi Yann,
This is the new world :-) When you buy the right to play a game, there is no reason why you should not be able to sell this right when you do not need it anymore... Of course that changes the environment significantly !
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Rupert Young Managing Director / Commercial Director, EC-Interactive / Enjoy Gaming11 years ago
"This is the new world" - nope it's La La Land.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rupert Young on 20th October 2009 3:52pm

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