CNNIC: China Has 55.5M Online Gamers
China recorded 55.5 million online gamers - defined as those who play massively multiplayer online games at least once a month - by the end of 2008, reports Sina quoting China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) statistics released on March 20. Paid gamers accounted for 76.5% of the total, while 52.5% were under 22 years old, 77.1% had less than a college education and about 30% had no income, said CNNIC.
Unofficial platforms are used by 19.6% of gamers to make RMB 10.88 million in virtual item purchases. The total market for virtual transactions is RMB 10-13 billion, said the statistics.