A new study by UK trade body TIGA has found the majority of local developers have moved on from pure retail models.
A survey TIGA conducted with a reported three-quarters of all UK developers found just 33% continued to produce only games destined for sale as physical releases.
Other data suggests the retail market will shrink by 3%, while digital and social games will grow by 21, every year until 2015.
“TIGAs new research shows that in the UK digital distribution is in the ascent and retail is in sharp decline,” TGA CEO Richard Wilson said, as reported by Develop.
“TIGA wants to see a flourishing developer and digital publisher sector, with rising numbers of start-ups and growing sustainable studios and declining business mortality rates. The rise in network gaming offers the opportunity to achieve these objectives.”
The report also noted that only 10% of new developers focus on retail, and 80% are independent.ckaged retail software. Some 80 per cent of these start-ups are labelled independent.