Survey: Free-to-play gamers seem to have commitment issues

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Free-to-playHold your horses, single folk: Free-to-play (F2P) gamers aren't averse to relationships or anything. They just don't want to be tied down by MMO (massively multiplayer online game) subscriptions anymore. A survey conducted by online gamer network Curse found the real reasons why more and more subscription MMO players have opted for F2P games.

Of the 11,800 online gamers that the company surveyed, an impressive 64 percent reported that they play F2P games. As VentureBeat points out, a large number of those surveyed likely play World of Warcraft (WoW)--the number one subscription MMO--since Curse not only operates a number of WoW community websites and hosts add-ons for the game.

As for why such a large number of potential subscription MMO players dig F2P games, 43 percent said that they look to avoid commitment to a monthly subscription. Just beneath that was the 29 percent of players that simply like to try out games before subscribing to an MMO. (Gee, then they were probably present and accounted for during Bioware's free-to-play weekend for Star Wars: The Old Republic.)

If that's the case, then it's no wonder why WoW now offers its first 20 levels of play for free. Of course, it's also no wonder then why so many subscription-based MMOs have recently gone the F2P--and to stellar results, no less. At this rate, it seems like it's only a matter of time before subscriptions go the way of the dodo.

Are you a fan of F2P MMOs more so than subscription-based ones? Do you still subscribe to any MMOs? Sound off in the comments. Add Comment.
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