UK retailer Game done in by digital distribution - Notch
Minecraft creator Markus Persson says United Kingdom specialty store's undoing an "unfortunate side effect" of digital distribution.
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Digital distribution led to the demise of United Kingdom specialty retailer Game, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson told GameSpot at a recent event.
Responding to a question regarding Game, Persson explained that the proliferation of digital delivery services was a contributing factor to the company's current condition.
"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."
The digital market has been a boon for Persson and Mojang. Recent financial filings showed Mojang has hauled $80 million from Minecraft since October 2010.
The broadband gaming sector is also proving prosperous for established international brick-and-mortar retailer GameStop. Last week, the specialty retailer reported a 57 percent year-over-year surge in revenues from digital channels.