New study says kids want subscriptions and virtual currency over physical games for Christmas

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Physical games are seemingly becoming a thing of the past as a recent survey revealed children want video game subscriptions and in-game currency over the aforementioned for Christmas.

The Entertainment Software Association surveyed over 500 children aged 10 to 17, and most wanted to request video game-related gifts for Christmas.

39% of the children most desired a game subscription of some sort, while consoles were the next hottest item at 38%, followed by game accessories at 32% and virtual currency at 29%. Physical games were the lowest desired item at 22%.

Over 500 adults were also surveyed by the ESA, with one in three already choosing to purchase games for either themselves or other people, and 57% of parents are intending on purchasing video game-related goods for their offspring.

Video game products were the item that adults were most planning to buy, with money and gift cards following at 70%, and technology such as smartphones at 62%. Books were at an abysmal 26%.

ESA president and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis provided a statement regarding this info:

“More than 212 million Americans play video games regularly, so it comes as no surprise that games are at the top of this year’s wish lists. Whether a family is getting a new console, updating their controllers and headsets or adding to their library with new games and expansion packs, we know video games are a great tool for families to play together and connect during the holiday season and beyond.”

Many will find this disappointing as many ridiculed game subscriptions and things such as microtransactions over the years, and yet the newest generation has now seemingly succumbed to these predatory practices.

Editor’s Note: Featured art from artist Oouso



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