September 15th, 2011
Tired of paying a monthly subscription for that MMO of yours? Good news, the trend appears to be on the decline, according to a new report via Gamasutra.
In short, after seven straight years of measured increases in total subscriptions (cough, cough World of Warcraft), PC gamers are increasingly moving towards free-to-play games like League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth, which make money upselling digital goodies to impulsive gamers.
As a result, subscriptions were down five percent last year, according to Screen Digest.
It's likely our crap economy has contributed to the decline in subscriptions, but it's also obvious free-to-play games are chipping away as well.
This isn't to say games are necissarily getting cheaper. In fact, a recent study found that the average paying customer of a free-to-play game spends $80 or more on upgrades. But overall, innovations like microtransactions and Steam promos are helping to drive the cost of video games down.
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