The digital storm that is digital video game sales is hitting PC, console and tablet, as Microsoft Corp. has been forced to rethink its strategy in the face of digital piracy.
The news follows last week’s news that Microsoft is changing its strategy to deal with the digital download problem, with the firm saying that it would no longer offer Windows-based PC games, mobile phones and other entertainment content.
The firm has faced criticism from some critics that its strategy for combating piracy is not working, with a study from the consumer group Consumer Electronics Association showing that piracy of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games on PCs and other platforms increased from just over 5 percent in 2011 to 17 percent in 2014.
The company has responded to the criticism by saying that piracy is growing as more and more games are being pirated.
Microsoft has since launched a new service, the Xbox Game Pass, that allows gamers to purchase Xbox One games from other users.
The Xbox GamePass has been a hit with Xbox gamers, who have downloaded over two million Xbox One titles and are enjoying more than 20 hours of gameplay per month.
The service has also been a boon for Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which allows gamers access to the company’s game servers and is one of the biggest draws for Xbox One.
Microsoft’s move to protect its online gaming platform has also led to the departure of many game developers, many of whom had been using the Xbox platform to develop their own games.
Microsoft announced in June that it had shut down the Xbox Live Arcade game service.