David Braben is the founder and CEO of Frontier Developmets (Elite Dangerous). In the last few hours, he has opined that as a result of the coronavirus, the transition to the digital format has accelerated and that the physical format will disappear in a few years.
“We’ve seen an acceleration in the transition from physical to digital. It’s a good thing. It will probably be two or three years before physicists will more or less disappear.”
“As a result of the coronavirus we are fortunate to be in a very good industry in which, from a financial point of view, things are going quite well”
Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two has also talked about it admitting that the pandemic has accelerated a majority digital distribution but they do not consider that the physical format ceases to exist:
“We do not expect physical products to cease to exist. We would not like that to happen.”