I prefer boxed versions - but many times - the wait for those boxes seems (and can turn out to be) forever. Or they are released, but for a variety of reasons (limited retailers who only ship locally, or they do but the shipping doubles the price of the game etc) well you get the point. Yep the game is out there - but not in a way YOU can get your hands on it - no matter what.
Well I like the idea I can DL the game and get the game in some format. Sometimes that may even be the ONLY way to get a game.
So I think any way that enables gamers - wherever they are to get their hands on a game in the language version they need - can't be a bad thing. And as long as people still like their boxes (which a good many do - even action gamers) I don't think they'll do away with boxed versions any time soon