The global MMO games market to rise above $12bn in 2012, and forecast it to reach $17.5bn in 2015. The year-on-year growth in Western markets ranges from 14% in the US to 24% in Germany totaling $2.9bn and $700m respectively.
Despite healthy growth figures, individual MMO game revenues are under pressure as the number of available MMO games has almost doubled since the beginning of 2011.
In the US, the share of revenues coming from free-to-play MMO games continues to rise, reaching 50% this year, up from 39% in 2010. German free-to-play spending already passed the 50% mark in 2010 and is expected to grow above 60% in 2015.