EA Sports head honcho Peter Moore is all about digital distribution
. During a panel on monetization at the PLAY Berkley Digital Media Conference
this past weekend (as reported by IGN
), Moore extolled the many virtues of a digitally distributed future, when discs are a long-forgotten remnant of an old business model. "I'd say the core business model of video games is a burning platform ... absolutely," Moore said.
Thankfully for all of us disc-owning fools, Moore doesn't believe we'll be seeing a digital distribution–exclusive business model next week. "As an industry, I still think we may be as many as a decade away from saying goodbye to physical discs," he said, positing that Microsoft would likely be the first to release a download-only console (surely, not to be confused with a digital-format portable system
or pc-based device
). In the meantime, EA continues to ship 125-130 million discs each year while moving toward Moore's envisioned future.