Is Free-to-Play in a bad state? Quite the contrary, says SuperData

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You may think that free-to-play is in a bad situation with all the games that are shutting down or the announcements of MMOs that are taking the buy-to-play route instead. We don’t blame you and there’s obviously something going on, but it’s only on the surface, it seems. According to an MMO & MOBA Games Market Report for 2016 by SuperData, online gaming is still huge and “on track to earn $19.8 billion this year alone, roughly 60% of all digital PC game revenue.” Considering that most of it comes from free-to-play, it’s more a matter of studios not putting enough quality and marketing into a game, and not of a market that is dwindling.

It’s in Asia that free-to-play makes the most money, with Europe and North America far behind. While League of Legends and Crossfire are the two highest grossing games, there’s still plenty of opportunities for newer games to take the top spots, as times are changing and players have different tastes, as the report suggests:

“Gamers today have different expectations for MMOs and place a greater emphasis on user-generated content.”

This could mean that games such as Peria Chronicles or even Skysaga could become big hits if the tools are intuitive and in-depth.

Take a look at the stats below and let us know what are your thoughts on the current state of online gaming and free-to-play in general.

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  • Erza-San

    Quite biased data, it’s like asking how’s business at Apple, Microsoft, Ferrari, Beats. Or asking billionaires if they are suffering from poverty, ofcourse the top 10 will show and say it’s good. Ofcourse newer entries could not afford to go fully free2play so they put some micro-P2W stuff, Most people never play P2W games cause what’s the point?

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    • http://www.freemmostation.com/ FreeMMOStation

      How is it biased? SuperData makes reports on games, it’s not like they have any bias towards any kind of business model.

      If SuperData was comparing games to soda or ice cream, then it would possibly be biased.

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      • Erza-San

        I mean checking the condition of F2P, it’s like checking human health from the healthiest people on the planet, or checking beer production on the most exporting country in the world, list goes on you know what I mean. status is always positive if you ask the top ones.

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        • http://www.freemmostation.com/ FreeMMOStation

          But they were checking the MOBA and MMO Games market, NOT the condition of F2P. So there was no bias at all, it was just their conclusion.

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  • Kelborne

    Glad to see DFO is doing so well. I started playing it when it showed up on Steam and it has a great F2P model. The fatigue system is annoying, but I can’t name another game that lets me suplex a mermaid, so I’m willing to put up with it.

    Also I call BS on the 2/5 MMO players are women. It’s a known, documented, scientific fact of life that GIRL = guy in real life.

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