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.



Digital distribution led to the demise of United Kingdom specialty retailer Game, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson told GameSpot at a recent event.

Digital distribution brought down Game, according to Notch.
Digital distribution brought down Game, according to Notch.

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.

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