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Notch: "Digital Distribution Is Saving Gaming"

Matt Gardner
Digital Distribution, GAME, Markus Persson, Notch, TIGA, UK retail

Notch: "Digital Distribution Is Saving Gaming"

Minecraft creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, has suggested that UK high street retailer GAME's closure has been the result of an "unfortunate side effect of digital distribution".

Speaking to Gamespot at the BAFTAs earlier this month, Persson revealed a certain ambivalence over GAME's situation, suggesting that although it was a sad situation, there was also an excitement about the digital future.

"I think [Game's closure] is an unfortunate side effect of digital distribution," he said. "And I think digital distribution is saving gaming. So I'm kind of torn. I think [Game's closure is] very sad, but I think it's also very fun. So it's hard to be happy or sad about it."

Then again, he would say that; Mojang have raked in $80 million from Minecraft sales. But he's not alone. TIGA reported back in February that retail was in sharp decline when stacked against digital distribution growth in the UK.

Set against the closure figures after day one of GAME's administration process, it's hard to argue in the current climate.

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[email protected]  Mar. 27, 2012 at 15:08

Absolute codswallop.
There were many factors involved in GAMEs demise, digital distribution was a miniscule factor.

DivideByZero  Mar. 27, 2012 at 15:19

I agree Andy... it takes some dumb logic to get to that.

Game and Gamestation are the only video game shops in the highstreet... if digital distribution did not exists then people would be forced to use game shops... therefore digital distribution killed GAME.

Dumb logic... should get a job writing puzzle games.


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