Carmack: Disc-based games will die eventually

App Store model to take over

Id Software's John Carmack has predicted that boxed-product games will eventually be replaced by a digital distribution model along the lines of Apple's App Store model.

Carmack, one of the minds behind the DOOM and Quake series told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph that he could see the end of games coming on physical media.

"Clearly, packaged goods sales are still critical on the big platforms at this stage, but that's all going to go away sooner or later," he explained.

He went on to praise the App Store and its ease of use for developers: "You know, I really, really like the app store platform as far as being able to remove obstacles to getting your product outYou dont have to cut deals with publishers. It's almost completely egalitarian on there. Its great to see all the small teams that wind up making these breakout hit games for the Apple devices."

"The fact is; on this platform, we can go ahead deal with fifteen-a-day feedback on there and directly interact with the consumers, make changes and get things out.It is the wave of the future for everything. Everybody knows that eventually will be digital distribution like this its only a question of time. This is the model of the future," concluded Carmack.

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