New Survey Reveals 90% of MMO Players Spend Money In-Game

ByJose A. York

Apr 10, 2020

Even though this online multiplayer game is free, you’re probably going to spend some money according to a new survey.

Nearly 90% of people who play an MMO have spent money on it in-game. That’s probably not that surprising to the developers who actually make these games, but to gamers thinking they’re getting a game great without paying a penny? You are definitely in the minority.

A new Top Dollar survey asked 1,000 US gamers about their MMO spending habits. Specifically, they asked which games they spend money on and how much. The answer is quite astonishing: 89% of respondents said they had spent money on an MMO, and most of them think they needed to spend to stay competitive.

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The games most people played can be seen in the infographic below, but the biggest titles were World of Warcraft, Call of Duty (war zone or not), fortnite, PUBGand GTA online. Just over two-thirds (68%) of respondents said they believe in-game purchases are necessary to stay competitive, which is a puzzling statistic as many of these games only offer cosmetic rewards.

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World of Warcraft? Ok, of course you have to pay for the extension, and in Call of Duty you can pay to access both weapons (an in-game function item) as well as cosmetic operator skins, but fortnite and PUBG are both battle royale games where the playing field requires every player to start on an equal footing. These games only provide cosmetic rewards for in-game purchases, so it’s kind of weird if these players think a fun skin will make them more competitive. And some like fortnite and League of Legends are free, so you don’t have to spend a penny to participate!


The average total amount spent per life on MMO games is $229, but that number can be misleading. Most gamers spend between $50 and $100 on microtransactions in MMOs, but a few (around 5.6%) spend well over $1,000 on in-game purchases. Women also tend to spend less money than men and also use their credit cards, while men tend to use debit cards.

You can check out the full breakdown on the Top Dollar site here.

Source: Top Dollar

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