Speakers at the upcoming London Games Conference will be discussing the game industry's impending shift to digital distribution. And by that, we mean that certain speakers are espousing the belief that the industry will soon be run solely via digital distribution. One such speaker will be Nick Parker, of Parker Consulting, who expects new consoles from Sony and Microsoft by 2014 and that the sale of games in boxes will start declining in 2010. According to another unnamed speaker, 40 percent of the industry is not yet prepared for the transition.

Taking place on October 27 at BAFTA, the London Games Conference will address this bleak, dystopian future, and will feature speakers from Sega, Microsoft and Sony. In the meantime, you might want to invest in Mylar sleeves for your games, as they'll soon be collector's items.
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