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NPD: Hours Spent on Online Gaming Up 10%

2 Mar, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey

Slightly fewer people played video games online in 2009, compared to previous years, but those who are playing online are spending more time doing so, according to new data from The NPD Group.

The average number of hours spent gaming online was up 10% in 2009 over 2008, the research firm said, even while the percentage of people playing games online was down, 54% in 2009 from 55% in 2008. NPD also found that 20% of games purchased by online gamers were downloaded, slightly up from 19% in 2008.

“While the percentage of the population that reports playing games has declined slightly, this study details other metrics that point to both stability and growth in both online and offline gaming,” said Anita Frazier, gaming industry analyst for The NPD Group.

The PC is still No. 1 in terms of online gaming, with 85% of gamers saying they use the computer to play online. The Xbox 360 (48%) beat out both the PlayStation 3 and the Wii (30% each) when it comes to gamers reporting online usage.
The data was culled from the survey responses of nearly 18,900 consumers.

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