New Zealanders spent less on computer games consoles and boxed games last year as they switched their spending online, an industry study has found.
Kiwi gamers spent more on computer game downloads, subscriptions and in-game purchases than on games consoles, peripherals and boxed games, according to the study, which was commissioned by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association.
Digital purchases accounted for $162 million, or 57 per cent, of the total $295m games market last year, it said. Spending on consoles, other gaming hardware and boxed games amounted to $133m, down 8 per cent.
Kiwis spent $96m on games for mobiles, $36m on downloadable computer games and $22m subscribing to multiplayer online games.
Spending on in-game transactions - buying “virtual” items which are often offered as an optional extra in free online games - doubled last year, the association said.