The Russian computer game market is predicted to nearly double over the next three years – from $850 million to over $1.5 billion, according to projections from Electronic Arts. Although it is already the biggest market in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia is still far behind the global leader, the United States. According to the NPD Group, the U.S. market turnover reached $21.6 billion last year; global turnover totaled $74 billion.
Tony Watkins, head of Electronic Arts Russia, said that over the next three years, the Russian computer game market will expand mainly by virtue of free-to-play games – applications that allow their authors to make money from players buying various bonuses and artifacts to move their characters through the games faster – as well as of social networking games.
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