NPD: Online Gaming Up 10 Percent In US

by Ernice Gilbert on March 4th, 2010, under Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony

According to Gamasutra, a report recently released from NPD claims online gaming increased by 10 percent in the US in 2009. Apparently, you’ve been gaming hard online.

What’s more, games purchased via digital distribution rose a healthy 20 percent in the same period, jumping 19 percent over the previous year.

Also, the number of gamers who play online decreased by 2 percent. The overall increase in online gaming was a result of gamers playing online longer, get this: an average 8hrs per week, up from 7.3hrs the prior year.

The break down by platform sees PC gamers being the most to play online, 85 percent strong. Among gaming consoles, Xbox 360 hits the home run with a staggering 43 percent playing online. As for the PS3 and Wii, they were both tied at 30 percent, however it’s a worthy point out that PS3 online gaming rose 10 percent over the previous year.

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