Experts says digital will pass discs in two years

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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