Analyst: 'Serious Strategic Error' In Not Charging For Multiplayer

When the NPD releases its November sales results this week, look for software to grow for the second month in a row. But it's tough to view the first consecutive growth months all year as a universally positive sign, says Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter -- who says the industry has to stop giving multiplayer away for free if it wants stronger numbers and happier investors.

Look for an 8 percent rise in software sales to $1.52 billion during the month thanks to many strong releases, says Pachter; these include Call of Duty: Black Ops, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and the month can also thank contributions from continuing performance from Fallout: New Vegas, Just Dance 2 and NBA 2K11.

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rebirthofcaos3293d ago

well when they start to charge for every game to playonline, I wont purchase it.

SunnyBoy3293d ago

Michael Pachter is bad for gamers, something needs to be done about this fool!

Saryk3293d ago

This analcyst is a complete moron. I would never ever pay to play multiplayer.

Mr Tretton3293d ago

I would no longer buy MP centric games and would go back to being a single player gamer, which I don't do enough of anyway.

The charging online idea would not work. Sure some people will go for it, but most won't. It would just reinvigorate the single player game genres.

We already pay 10 more than last gen, and pay for maps and other DLC.