Buried within Square Enix’s earnings report was one very significant point of interest—that one-third of Square’s HD games revenue is generated through digital downloads.

 

Note that, in Square Enix’s case, “HD games” usually includes retail games they create for portables as well, so what they’re likely saying here is that, when it comes to traditional videogames overall, one-third of their revenue comes from download sales.

 

That’s a significant chunk of revenue, and it should be interesting to see how that factors into Square’s plans moving forward.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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