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Digital distribution is set for a huge rise in popularity in the next couple of years, and will force bricks-and-mortar retailers to change their business models or face extinction.

That's according to GamersGate CEO Theodore Bergquist, who told GamesIndustry.biz that the well-respected PC download platform saw 100 per cent growth last year, and expected up to 200 per cent growth this year.

"When I talk to all the publishers - both small, and really, really, big - digital distribution is on everyone's lips," he said. "Obviously some publishers are really ready to take these steps, while others aren't. Some still see digital distribution as something awkward, and they don't really know what to do with it, while some are really professional and they have it as a main strategy."

But, he says, once all of the publishers are on board, the industry is set for a "key change," and one that's possibly not so far away: "Whether it'll happen this year or next, I'm not sure - but I think it's that kind of time frame we're talking about."

In terms of the threat that the growth of digital distribution poses to bricks-and-mortar retails, Bergquist was clear: "I think digital distribution is absolutely the biggest threat they can ever have," he said.

"Look at the music industry, look at 2006 when iTunes went from not being in the top six of sellers - in the same year in December it was top three, and the following year number one."

However, it won't necessarily spell the end for those stores, unless they refuse to change their existing games-only business model.

"I think they'll get better on the hardware side, selling hardware together with games," he said. "But if it's games only, then no way - I can't see [them surviving]. I've been in e-commerce since 1996 and I haven't seen a goods business model better than this. It's so pure online in its nature - I can't really see how a traditional retailer can survive, unless they decide to go online themselves."

GamersGate, which began life as part of Paradox Interactive, now has over 1000 titles in its catalogue, specialising in independent developer products, but also now featuring key partners such as EA, with titles including Spore and Lord of the Rings: Online, and Microsoft Game Studio with Braid.

The full interview with Theodore Bergquist is available now.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...xt-year-or-two
 

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Not until I get 50mbps internet where I live.

****ty 1.5mbps.

Oh yeah. And then there's those nasty bandwidth caps!

I'm on a 1.5m connection. I just set things like Steam games to download while i sleep. But 1.5m is... the bare minimum to do that sort of thing on.
 

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This isn't going to happen anytime soon. Not even in the next 5 years. Broadband usage isn't near what is should be.
The internet has completely changed since 2003. By 2013 it'll be completely different from now. DOCSIS 3 (cable standard) is just comming out now, and provides over 300mbps connections. Shaw Cable (Canada) is starting to sell a 100/10mbps connection soon.
 

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If digital distribution takes off, ISP's will need to re-think how much they charge, their speeds, and bandwith caps.

I doubt it will take off, because the infrastructure just isn't available yet.
 

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The internet has completely changed since 2003. By 2013 it'll be completely different from now. DOCSIS 3 (cable standard) is just comming out now, and provides over 300mbps connections. Shaw Cable (Canada) is starting to sell a 100/10mbps connection soon.
Your internet is USA/Canada.

Europe + Australia + Other places have crappy net connection and most likely will not be updated soon
 

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Your internet is USA/Canada.

Europe + Australia + Other places have crappy net connection and most likely will not be updated soon
No. Europe has very cheap internet compared to the US. I know someone in England who pays about $35 a month for a 20\\2 connection.

Austrailia has **** internet. Either it's very high speeds + tiny bandwith, or terrible speeds with very high bandwith cap.
 

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it may be big and easy but it in no way rivals the feeling you get when you buy the collectors edition version of the retail game. plus its practically the same price. I'll always be willing to wait 2 extra days to get more for my money.
 

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My cap is 60-95 Gb a month, I prefer most of my stuff to be physical media (blu-ray or DVD)
 

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it may be big and easy but it in no way rivals the feeling you get when you buy the collectors edition version of the retail game. plus its practically the same price. I'll always be willing to wait 2 extra days to get more for my money.
I like physically owning something. I know what you mean.
 

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I'm on a 1.5m connection. I just set things like Steam games to download while i sleep. But 1.5m is... the bare minimum to do that sort of thing on.
god I love my 16/4
 

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I like physically owning something. I know what you mean.
You still physically own digital content, and you can burn it to an optical drive or put it on a flash drive. Other then that, I love DD, no more tapes, no more CD's, no more useless boxes to have to store or find every time I move or w/e. I like having 10,000 songs on my HD and having 40~ PC games all installed at once. I love Steam and MMO's that are download-only. DD is #1.
 

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If it wasn't for entities like D2D, forget me even getting videogames anymore (after that crap from EA with BF2142 more so).

Comcast will need to rethink their 200GB download limit eventually!!
 

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Kuntz, I can't believe you actually believe what that article says. Digital distribution is not going to rule because US infrastructure for "true" high speed internet is still in the stone age. It is the simple fundamental of human corporate greed that is hindering the development and deployment of high speed internet. It is not going to rule when companies like Comcast and AT&T put bandwidth barriers on it's customers.

Japan and Korea is already talking about 100 Gigabit connections while here in the US we still have not breached the 10Mbps mark.
 

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Kuntz, I can't believe you actually believe what that article says. Digital distribution is not going to rule because US infrastructure for "true" high speed internet is still in the stone age. It is the simple fundamental of human corporate greed that is hindering the development and deployment of high speed internet. It is not going to rule when companies like Comcast and AT&T put bandwidth barriers on it's customers.

Japan and Korea is already talking about 100 Gigabit connections while here in the US we still have not breached the 10Mbps mark.

Er 10mpbs is plenty of BW to download things. Even on my older 10mbps a 8gb torrent download would not take long. I even torrented Age of Conan beta which was 30gb iirc. That's on a 10/1. Shaw has a softcap of 100gb/month limit, which is ******edly hard to break unless you download a lot of TV shows, movies, music, and games, all the time, month after month. That cap will be increased significantly when DOCSIS 3 comes out.

Yes there are people who are still on poor-people internet connections, but guess what, when the first major switch from phone modem to DOCSIS 1 came about, the world didn't stop and pause so these people could play catch up. And when we moved from DOCSIS 1 to DOCSIS 2, same deal. While most of us move to DOCSIS 3 and enjoy high bandwidth rates and high bandwidth caps, there will be some people still left on slower mediums. We can't stop and wait for them to play catch up, because then there is no incentive for those ISP's to upgrade their crappy service. The world is moving to digital distribution, and it will force all ISP's to follow along if they want to maintain a customer base.
 

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Yes there are people who are still on poor-people internet connections,

Dude, I'm on an 8 meg connection at home and god knows what at uni, so I'm not one of the people you're mentioning, but that line is bang out of order. Theres no need to insult people just because they earn less than some people.
 

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Dude, I'm on an 8 meg connection at home and god knows what at uni, so I'm not one of the people you're mentioning, but that line is bang out of order. Theres no need to insult people just because they earn less than some people.
It wasn't meant as an insult. Poormans internet is in lots of countries, it's a geological issue. Some areas it's harder to lay the pipes needed for good internet.
 
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