- Aug 25, 2020
According to Capcom, 80% of its games are sold digitally, and the company is encouraged by the trend to increase that number to 90% before long. During the Q&A portion of its recent annual shareholders' meeting, Capcom was asked what its plans were for strengthening digital sales. Capcom revealed that its “current digital download sales ratio is approximately 80%.” [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=pragmata-playstation-5-screenshots&captions=true"] “While it ultimately depends on how our customers behave going forward, for the time being we are promoting our digital strategy with an objective of 90%, since there are some customers who prefer to own discs,” Capcom added. As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, Capcom’s digital sales have exploded, growing from 53.3% last year to 80%. Even Capcom predicted growth to only reach 75.4% this year, but it appears that the shift to digital is happening faster than anticipated. Capcom attributes the growth to titles like Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. But the company plans to increase digital sales by expanding the availability of digital games to more markets worldwide. Other companies like PlayStation announced that digital game downloads have overtaken physical game sales, and companies like EA and Activision also report strong growth in digital game sales. These upward trends explain why both Sony and Microsoft are looking at releasing digital-only next-gen consoles. Sony already revealed a slimmer, digital-only PS5, while Microsoft is rumored to announce Lockhart, a similarly digital-only Xbox Series X. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.