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Online Subscriptions Up To $1 Billion

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Posted May 8, 2008 - By Patrick Roche-Sowa

When NPD said they were doing to start tracking online gaming, we all chuckled. It's always funny when media dinosaurs try to get in on something gaming related about 5 years too late. Well, NPD's Online Subscription Tracker has come up with some results, and they're not terribly surprising...to us at least.

NPD claims they can now estimate that online subscription fees total over $1 billion a year, making us all question our career choices. This wad of cash comes from the 11 million subscribers they claim log on each month, but when Blizzard claims that World of Warcraft alone has 10 million active subscribers, someone's a little off. NPD also listed the top 5 MMO and gaming websites based on first quarter numbers from 2008. Hit the bump for the lists.

MMO/PC Game Subscribers

1.) World of Warcraft
2.) RuneScape
3.) Lord of the Rings Online
4.) Final Fantasy XI
5.) City of Heroes

Gaming Website Subscribers

1) Pogo.com
2) Realarcade.com
3) Bigfishgames.com
4) Gametap.com
5) Disney.com

One more piece of interesting information from the NPD; the majority of gaming website players are women over 35, while MMO players are usually males under 35. Again, that's no surprise to us. Now where's our check?

Next-Gen.biz: Online Subs Exceed $1 bln Annually

Online Subscriptions Up To $1 Billion
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