Research on Virtual Item Purchase Intention in Taking Part in Mobile Device Games: Taking the Middle and Old Aged Players for Example

  • Chia-Yu KaoEmail author
  • Chenwei Chiang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9191)


This study targets middle and old aged players’ mobile game participations, as well as their purchase intention of virtual items, and an internet-based survey is conducted. Results show that when players are in the flow channel, motivations such as competition and self-assurance, game playability, artistry, and sociability, increase players’ purchase intention for virtual items. On the other hand, entertainment of motivation and mobility of playability, decrease players’ willingness to purchase virtual items. Younger players demonstrate significant difference than middle and old aged players on mobile games. However, gaming market of middle and old aged players shouldn’t be overlooked. More in depth investigation of middle and old aged players’ needs for mobile games is helpful for designing better games and campaigns attracting middle and old aged players, and increase their purchase intention for virtual items.


Mobile game Game motivation Game playability UX 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information and Communication, Master Degree StudentYuan Ze UniversityTaoyuan CityTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Information and Communication Assistant ProfessorYuan Ze UniversityTaoyuan CityTaiwan

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