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Discs heading the way of the dinosaur as gamers embrace downloads

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While the exact reasons may be less clear – the pandemic? Convenience? An inevitable development? – more people are downloading their video games instead of buying discs or other physical formats. Does this spell the end of being able to buy a physical copy of a game? Given the latest download figures from industry association GAME and market researcher GfK, it’s a fair thing to worry about. For example, six out of 10 video games in Germany (58 per cent) were bought by download in 2020, up from 45 per cent in 2019. The cheaper the game, the more likely it is to be downloaded, the research find…

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