The more you play, the more money you get.
That’s the conclusion of a study from the Wall Street journal that examined how people spend their free time in games.
The researchers compared how people use free games with the spending patterns of people who use paid ones.
The findings are likely to fuel debates about how much free games should cost, and how much they should be free to begin with.
“Free games are great because they allow people to do things they normally couldn’t do,” said James M. Barresi, an associate professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin.
“But they don’t make it easy.
You have to pay.”
The Journal’s study, “How Much Games Cost and How Much Games Make,” is based on surveys of 2,200 people who played games with varying amounts of content.
The results were interesting, but not surprising.
A person might spend 10 minutes playing a game that costs $3.99, but spend 20 minutes playing an hour-long game that’s $4.99.
A couple of hours of free time is more than a game with 10 hours of content, but a game worth $10 a game is still worth much more than one with 50 hours of game content.
That finding holds true even if you’re not paying for the game.
For example, the average amount of money a person spent in free games was $0.42, and the average time spent in them was 15 minutes.
That makes a game a little bit more valuable than a $10 game, but it’s still a lot less than a 10-hour game.
But the researchers say it’s a good start, and they’ll be looking for more data in the future to explore how free games and paid ones fare.
“This is a good starting point,” Barresa said.
“We need more data, more studies, to find out whether free games make people spend more money.”