Gamers question whether it’s better to own a game physically on a disc or to own it digitally downloaded onto their console. This is because of COVID-19 and the pandemic.
Digital video game sales increased in 2020. Nintendo reported a 12.3% increase in digital game sales over 2019 in their nine-month financial results briefing. One reason for this increase is the stay-at-home orders that went into effect with the COVID-19.
As more people were staying indoors to slow the spread of COVID, digital gaming became a convenient way to keep up with new game releases and stay entertained during quarantine. Combined with stores being forced to shut down, for many people digital distributions were the only way to obtain these games for that period.