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Single vs Multi player trends - 2/27/2018 5:33:37 PM   
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I found this interesting...

Keep in mind this is all video games: PC, console, mobile

74% of regular players play single (I am assuming they don't mean only single)

About 50% of frequent players play once a week with a friend in some kind of MP

A few caveats about that last one...

That's 50%, including console, which I am guessing is higher than on a PC.
It includes MMPOG like warcraft and such
Some of the multiplayer is done face to face (My sons do that a lot with games like COD.

http://www.theesa.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/EF2017_Design_FinalDigital.pdf


And here is a shallower study done by Forbes that highlights PC vs console and single vs multi.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/abigailtracy/2016/03/13/survey-video-games-gamers-gaming-preferences-ps4-xbox-one/#231c0d611928

So I keep going back to wargames and something BFC stated 7-8 years ago. They said around 10% play Combat Mission online or with email. So its probably increased some since then. But, based on the above studies, not a lot more.

So it comes back to how much of a business case there is for the devs to invest in multiplayer above other major features. I think its not as obvious as some would have thought. Obviously, that doesn't take into consideration of defense contracts that might fund MP development.
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