One of the largest retail chains in the UK, Tesco, is going to stop selling video games in physical format.
As reported by Games Industry, the popular supermarket chain will stop selling boxed video games in its more than 2,800 stores throughout the British territory.
The company blames this on the increase in sales of video games in physical format and the increasing decline of the physical format. Tesco, however, will continue to sell credit cards for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo digital stores, as well as others such as Steam.
The transition from the physical format to the digital format has progressed inexorably over the last decade, resulting in a change in consumer purchasing habits and, also, the closure of numerous video game stores. This change, moreover, only accelerated after the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
To illustrate to what extent the situation has changed in favor of the digital format, one only has to look at the sales of the four most important video games last June (Diablo IV, Final Fantasy XVI, Street Fighter 6 and F1 23), which they sold 18% of their copies in physical and 82% in digital.