GameStop CEO Paul Raines says that he believes disc-based video games will be around forever and aren’t going anywhere soon. Raines points towards the fact that while CD and DVD sales have shrunk dramatically there’s still consumers out there purchasing them. He went on to say that he expects a complimentary business where the company sells discs plus download like the current console mode.
“Disc-based games will be around forever,” he says. “The market has seen physical music sales down 50% from its peak and physical movie sales down 60% from its peak, but even in a doomsday scenario, disc-based games will be around for a long time. I see a complimentary business where we sell discs plus download like the current console mode. Virtual reality games will also likely follow this model.”