A new survey by the International Game Developers Association shows that nearly three out of four gamers are on a free-to-play game.
The survey, which polled 1,200 people between September and November, found that 78% of respondents were playing free-market games.
And that is up from just 41% a year ago, according to the survey.
The survey also found that 47% of gamers reported having played a free game for more than a week and 32% had played at least two free games in a week.
Among the top three free games were the game Overwatch and Dota 2, and the survey found that 51% of players said they enjoyed playing free games for more money than the average player makes in a year.
It’s not all good news, though.
Only 29% of the respondents said they had played an MMORPG in the past year, compared to 41% of those who said they played games online.
The IGA said it is also concerned that many MMORPGs have an in-game economy that often allows players to gamble, buy items and earn money without being paid.
“Many MMORPG players don’t have a clear financial incentive to be good players,” the survey said.
“In many MMOTV games, it is impossible to see your real money being spent in a game and so, many players will choose to gamble and use the game’s in-app currency in order to acquire real-world currency that they can then spend on items, cosmetic items, and/or cosmetic items they find in-world.”
For example, players may be able to spend real-time currency in the game on cosmetic items like cosmetic rings, cosmetics, or gold.
“A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of all Americans are using online gaming to gamble or spend money.
Pew found that 57% of online gamers use games to spend money, while 39% spend it to purchase goods and services online.
In the survey, respondents were asked to rate the average net worth of their gaming companions.
The highest net worth scores for the most frequent players were found to be those who play a free online game and have used at least 50% of their time to play a game.More: