Electronic Arts is aware that the future of gaming lies in digital content and wants to eventually move away from physical discs. In fact, EA CEO John Riccitiello is planning to completely convert the gaming giant.
“Over the coming years, we will transform EA from a packaged goods company, to a fully integrated Digital entertainment company,” Riccitiello said in an earnings call yesterday, according to a transcript posted on investment news site Seeking Alpha. “We’re transforming EA to a games as a service model by focusing on three new strategies.”
The day this happens, I don’t know what I will end up doing. Leave the franchise? Shut down the site? I love that the option of having a digital download is available, but strictly going digital and losing everything physical? This blows in my opinion. I’m a collector, I love supporting The Sims franchise…but if I can only get them thru EA’s Download Manager, then it’s game over for me. Heck, I don’t even hardly have any Steam games because I prefer having a disc copy… And to think they’ll still charge full price for a game after they no longer have to spend the cost for packing materials and sending the game out to retailers.
Sorry, Riccitiello….if you really are deciding to go down this path, I suspect there will be people taking advantage of digital downloads – just not by legal standards.