SEGA Europe Announces Recycled Packaging for PC Releases
Recycled packaging is an eco-friendly move for SEGA Europe, but brings up the question; why for PC games?
We’re pleased to announce that all of our future physical releases of PC games will be launched in fully recycled packaging!
Total War: ROME II – Enemy at the Gates Edition from Creative Assembly signals our intent to continue with this environmental initiative. pic.twitter.com/SlPcUCikn3
— SEGA Europe (@SEGA_Europe) January 30, 2020
For as long as I can remember, new video game releases have come in plastic boxes. However, plastic is only recyclable a few times and often ends up in the environment damaging natural ecosystems. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch–an island of plastic waste which has formed between California and Hawaii–is a great example of humans slowly destroying Earth and harming animal life.
SEGA Europe using recycled packaging for future physical PC releases is nice, but only made me wonder; why stop there? The PC gaming ecosystem is dominated by electronic storefronts like Steam, Epic, and Origin. Nowadays if a PC game even receives a physical release its typically only packaging with a digital download code inside. The rare physical PC release with a disk still requires players to download much of the game from the internet. Ultimately begging the question, why have physical PC releases at all?
Although I don’t understand the point of physical PC releases, they must be selling if they still exist. Regardless, SEGA Europe’s transition to recycled materials is a positive change. Meanwhile, millions of console games are sold physically every year. Many people enjoy having a physical collection, while others don’t have internet speeds that can support large digital downloads. With the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 quickly approaching, maybe Sony and Microsoft will consider more eco-friendly ways of packaging their games.