Report: French Gamers Spend Less, Play for Free

September 6, 2011 -

Two new research reports from Newzoo - the 2011 French National Gamers Survey (L’Etude Nationale des Jeux Video) and the international Games Market Revenue Report - reveal that 24 million French citizens spend a total of 27 million hours per day playing games. Interestingly, less than half (42 percent) of those gamers ever spend money on games. According to Newzoo, total consumer spending is expected to reach €3.2bn in 2011, down 10 percent from 2010. Almost three quarters (73 percent) buy PC, Mac or console games, including second-hand trade, digital downloads and import.

Spending on new boxed games has dropped to 41 percent of all money spent, totaling to €1.3bn, comparable to what IDEF en SELL recently projected for France in 2011. Spending on downloadable PC or Mac games is expected to grow 22 percent compared to last year. Spending on console DLC is expected to surpass €120 million or 8 percent of all console spending. Online and mobile gaming takes 51 percent of all time spent playing games, and 26 percent of spending on social network games (+11 percent) and mobile devices including iOS devices (+9 percent).

"France is a relatively conservative market as console and PC/Mac gaming still take the majority of money," notes Newzoo CEO and co-founder Peter Warman. "At the same time, second-hand trade and import form a larger share in France compared to Germany or the UK. Also, playing games online for free is immensely popular in France. In 2011 we foresee the micropayment business models of mobile, online and MMO games converting more and more players to payers, a trend that has been underway longer in the US and other main EU territories."

An infograph showing the numbers in perspective can be found at Newzoo, while more information on those surveyed as part of the study can be found here.


 
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SeanBJust goes to show what I have said for years. Your ability to have sex does not qualify you for parenthood.04/15/2014 - 9:21pm
NeenekoSo "worked" vs "failed" really comes down to who you think is more important and deserving04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoThough I am also not sure we can say NYC failed. Rent control helped the people it was intended for and is considered a failure by the people it was designed to protect them from.04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoIf they change the rules, demand will plummet. Though yeah, rent control probably would not help much in the SF case. I doubt anything will.04/15/2014 - 1:35pm
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Matthew Wilsonyup, but curent city rules do not allow for that.04/15/2014 - 11:00am
ZippyDSMleeIf SF dose not start building upwards then they will price people out of the aera.04/15/2014 - 10:59am
Matthew Wilsonthe issue rent control has it reduces supply, and in SF case they already has a supply problem. rent control ofen puts rent below cost, or below profit of selling it. rent control would not fix this issue.04/15/2014 - 10:56am
NeenekoRent control is useful in moderation, NYC took it way to far and tends to be held up as an example of them not working, but in most cases they are more subtle and positive.04/15/2014 - 10:24am
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Matthew Wilsonwhat are you saying SF should do rent control, that has never worked every time it has been tried. the issue here is a self inflicted supply problem imposed by stupid laws.04/15/2014 - 8:52am
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, Government created price controls don't work though. They may keep prices down for the current inhabitants, but they are the primary cause of recently vacated residences having astronomical costs. Look at New York City as a prime example.04/15/2014 - 8:50am
NeenekoI think free markets are important, but believe in balance. Too much of any force and things get unstable.04/15/2014 - 7:25am
NeenekoWell, the traditional way of keeping prices down is what they are doing, controls on lease termination and tax code, but it will not be enough in this case.04/15/2014 - 7:24am
Matthew WilsonI said that already04/14/2014 - 4:22pm
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, The could also lower prices by increasing supply. Allow high rise apartment buildings to be built to fulfill demand and prices will drop.04/14/2014 - 3:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthe only way they could keep the price's down, would be to kick out google, apple, amazon, and other tech companies, but that would do a ton of economic damage to SF, but I am a major proponent of free markets04/14/2014 - 2:54pm
NeenekoThe community people are seeking gets destroyed in the process, and the new people are not able to build on themselves. Generally these situations result in local cultural death in a decade or so, and no one wins.04/14/2014 - 2:09pm
NeenekoWell yes, that is the 'free market', but the market is only a small piece of a much larger system. The market does not always do the constructive thing.04/14/2014 - 2:06pm
Matthew WilsonWell that is the free market... they learned a valuable lesson restricting supply will drive up prices.04/14/2014 - 1:57pm
 

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