Tesco to Stop Selling Physical Game Copies, Report Suggests

GamesIndustry.biz reports that after the store’s existing stock is gone, the chain with over 2800 locations in the UK would no longer offer boxed games.

According to the supermarket chain’s official website, the shift “towards digital entertainment” among its clientele was a significant factor in the company’s decision.

Massive price cuts on video game products at all Tesco locations this year have set the stage for this announcement.

High-profile games like Deathloop and Call of Duty: Vanguard were reportedly sold by the company for as little as £5

Reduced software costs followed the steep markdowns of Nintendo Switch and Xbox hardware earlier in the month. Super Mario 3D World and Pokémon Legends Arceus were among the first-party Switch games that Tesco sold for roughly £20.

Tesco will keep selling prepaid cards redeemable for digital games on the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, and Nintendo eShop.

Physical copies of digital versions of major releases such as FIFA and Call of Duty are more common than cards for individual titles.

With the digital world expanding, we will slowly see physical retail stores take a retreat and either shut down or convert into the online business. The news is not shocking and was well expected.


Farhan Ali

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