MMO Growth Points To Asia As Free-To-Play Dominates

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Gamasutra reported today that the worldwide MMORPG game market will grow to $8 billion in 2010 ($5 billion in 2009), according to a new study by Strategy Analytics Digital Media. The report points out that the motive force of growth comes from Asian online game companies, such as Shanda, Netease, Nexon, and NCsoft, while the other region is the ‘slow growing’ western market which is dominated by Blizzard Entertainment.

“Contrary to the flattening Western market, the Asian MMORPG market has grown immensely since 2007, due to the successful virtual items-based revenue model,” says Strategy Analytics Digital Media analyst Jia Wu. “As more Asian online game companies target US and European markets, they will become a formidable force in the global gaming industry.”

Via MMOSite