NPD: At What Price, Free?

Anita Frazier, Entertainment Industry Analyst Toys & Video Games for the NPD, writes:

"We frequently meet with clients to take a look at changes in the industry and consumer behavior, and provide analysis and insights into how the changes will impact things to come. This spring, it was clear that last year was one of the most transformative years in the video games industry: audience expansion, the accelerating adoption of digital distribution, increases in mobile and social gaming, and the influence of the Wii were all topics on the minds of industry followers. But I get a little uneasy when I see how all these factors are influencing the plethora of free game options available, and while it's great to have more ways to expose gaming to a broader audience, the industry struggles with how to best monetize that gaming activity."

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