Develop launches new Jury Service feature. This weekâ??s question; is physical content set for extinction?

Join the debate: Was Wada right?

Develop is this week introducing a new weekly online feature which invites the development community to discuss the most pressing issues of the moment – and we want you to get involved.

This week we are examining the rise of digital distribution and server-based games after the startling claim by Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada that console would die out. Last week he told our sister magazine MCV: “In ten years’ time a lot of what we call ‘console games’ won’t exist.”

Wada’s belief is that in the near future interactive entertainment will move from software run on hardware to server-based offerings, game streaming and digital distribution.

So we want to know your thoughts: Is server-based gaming and digital distribution set to replace physical content altogether?

Feel free to submit your thoughts via the comments section below, or send your answer to Answers will be published later in the week.

We are also consulting with a regular panel of key industry execs for the regular Jury Service slot – if you’d like to be added to the jury, let us know.

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