Sales of online games are expected to pass physical retail from 2013, an analyst at DFC Intelligence has claimed.
The report predicts that online sales will increase from $19.3 billion in 2010 to $37.9 billion by 2016, driving the overall industry value to $81 billion. It also states that traditional retail will drop to $43 billion in 2016, down from a high of $58 billion in 2008.
“On a global basis it looks like retail delivery of physical software peaked in 2008. We expect a slow, steady decline for physical game sales, with a steady increase for online delivery of games and new business models such as subscriptions and virtual item sales,” said DFC analyst David Cole.
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