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EA promises to stand by physical game sales

The gaming industry is facing an increasingly difficult road to making money. Game sales continue to decline as more and more gamers migrate to mobile gaming and online social games. EA COO Peter Moore recently stated that within a few years the company expects digital downloads of its games to overtake sales of boxed versions.  
Moore also noted that the company is focused on expanding its array of mobile and free-to-play products. EA publishes some of the most popular games on the market including the “Battlefield” franchise, “Madden NFL”, “Star Wars”, and countless others.
The “Star Wars” MMORPG isn't dong well and will move to a free-to-play model. It was reported earlier this year that the game lost 25% of its subscribers.
"There will come a point, whether it is two or three years from now, when we say. 'We are doing more in digital media now than we are in physical media,' and it's clearly ... not far away," Moore said. Moore pointed out that EA's digital revenue had increased to $1.3 billion in the previous 12 months.

EA's Peter Moore
Moore also noted, "This fiscal year we have 41 social mobile and free-to-play games on the slate, and later in the year we might make announcements about more games coming."
Many game publishers and developers are increasingly moving to free-to-play models for video games. These games are free to download and play, but players have the ability to purchase in game items to increase their capability in the game such as different weapons and armor.
Moore says that EA is expecting $2.6 billion in revenue globally with $1.7 billion of that amount from digital products during fiscal year ending in March 2013. He also reported that EA's digital revenue increased 55% during Q1 despite total revenue declining.
Moore said, "We will never abandon physical media. As long as the consumer wants to buy something on a disc, we will be there to offer it."

Source: Reuters

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RE: But not from EA
By Mitch101 on 8/13/2012 10:56:30 AM , Rating: 3
LOL That should be EA's new catch phrase.

EA Sports - Its in the Game.
EA - Its about the Money!

What you describe is very similar to Steam and DLC or basically add ons you can purchase for certain games like guns, characters, maps, etc. But I agree paid cheats to have superior weapons is bad for gameplay.

I don't think EA will ever have free games its not in their new slogan. Its about the Money.

RE: But not from EA
By Flunk on 8/13/2012 11:07:06 AM , Rating: 2
EA's catchphrase has been "Give me more money" for years. I would say that they're the least scrupulous game publisher but Activision and Ubisoft are in the same league.

RE: But not from EA
By Mitch101 on 8/13/2012 11:24:15 AM , Rating: 2
I thought it was "Upgrade because were shutting down your game server"

RE: But not from EA
By HoosierEngineer5 on 8/13/2012 1:13:12 PM , Rating: 2
It seems pretty obvious - by forcing on-line play, they can terminate your ability to play 'legacy' games (sorry, we don't support that game with the new OS). It has happended before. This forces you to buy the new game. Customer gets screwed. Enjoy.

RE: But not from EA
By inperfectdarkness on 8/13/2012 4:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's the god's-honest truth. Even sadder is that you as the consumer will eventually end up paying the same price for digital games as you did for boxed copies...simply because corporate greed is going to leech away any potential cost savings that could otherwise have been passed on to the consumer.

RE: But not from EA
By Quadrillity on 8/13/2012 12:22:11 PM , Rating: 2
E. A. Sports - It's in your ass!

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