Statistics revealed by data tracker The NPD Group, today show that 14% of homes in America are paying some sort of online gaming subscription.
What’s scary is that this figure represents 14% of all American homes, not just those with Internet access (not everyone has it, believe us).
The stat is comprised of all titles where the gamer must pay to continue his or her enjoyment, so we’re talking everything from World of Warcraft (likely a very large percentage), to Xbox Live, and even other MMOs like Age of Conan and Lord of the Rings: Online.
“Despite concerns that the recession would cause consumers to reduce spending on entertainment subscription services, most forms of subscription entertainment are doing just fine,” NPD’s Russ Crupnick said in a press release. “Consumers are clearly looking to the value offered by entertainment subscriptions and like what they get for their money.”
Well, let’s see now. I’m currently surrendering monthly payments to Microsoft for Xbox Live, Blizzard for World of Warcraft, and EA and Harmonix for my Rock Band DLC purchases, which I do on a monthly basis.
What about you? What’s your monthly expense, and to whom, to continue gaming?