While anyone can spend a limitless amount of time playing any number of casual online games for free, almost every option out there includes some sort of microtransaction service, whereby someone acquires an exclusive in-game item, power-up, or other enhancement using real funds. And while you may initially believe that most individuals would be satisfied playing games like FarmVille, Café World, and Pack Rat without spending real money to do so, you had better not bet against that fact.
According to research performed by International Gamers Survey (as reported by Edge), gamers across Germany, France and Great Britain spent over €1.13 billion on online casual games in the past year. That translates to a staggering $1.6 billion!
Here’s how the numbers break down by country:
- Brits spent €320 million (£280.9m / $441.24 million)
- The French spent €270 million (£237m / $372 million)
- Germans spent €540 million (£474.1m / $744.61 million)
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