A recent report from GameStop has detailed plans from the company that explains how they are going to boost revenue to $1.5 billion by 2014. Their goal relies on digital distribution, via Impulse, the new service GameStop recently implemented to compete with Steam.
At the moment most of the content offered on Impulse is DLC, but GameStop is working to change that and hopes that Battlefiled 3. The upcoming EA title will be available for download through GameStop, but not through Steam, which confirms a rumor that had been circulating recently. This bit of news is interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which was EA’s announcement of Origin and their desire to make some games exclusive to their own digital store.
Considering the problems EA has already faced with Battlefield fans, and how many people already own and enjoy using Steam, I am curious to see what PC gamers will make of this newest bit of information and how well GameStop’s digital service will do. If GameStop can compete with Steam and bring something new to the table, then more power to them.
Another interesting bit of news to come out of the report was GameStop’s belief that neither Microsoft nor Sony would be releasing new consoles until 2014 unless, of course, high Wii U sales force them to launch new systems earlier than that.