Analyst: Core Gamers Playing More, As Less Active Markets Migrate

A stronger lineup of console titles this year means core gamers are spending more time playing than ever, says Lazard Capital Markets -- but new business models and a changing product mix mean the less active ones are migrating away from the traditional space toward newer and less expensive gaming.

"The bad news for the console market is that the number of casual or infrequent gamers outnumber core gamers, resulting in a slight tilt toward less time spent overall playing console games," says Lazard.

The group highlights several trends it believes its survey feedback supports: "Mainstream/casual gamers lost interest in Wii and music titles, and are now more inclined to play browser and mobile games," the analysts say. "Moreover, we believe these trends could continue to weigh on sell-through trends for second-tier console games."

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