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A Nation of Gamers:

Who We Are

Source:  ESA 2020 Essential Facts

We’re a nation that believes in the power of play. No matter who you are or where you’re from, there’s a game for everyone.

70% of kids (under 18) are video game players

51.1 Million

64% of adults (18 and older) are video game players

163.3 Million

65%

of video game players play with others

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Total U.S. Video Game Players

214.4
Million

Across all

Players:

59%

Identified

as male

41%

Identified

as female

75%

of Americans have at least one video game player in their household

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Average age range of gamers:

35-44

65%

of players say they play with others online or in person (6.6 hrs/week online, 4.3 hrs/week in person)

46MM

video game players with disabilities (Source: The AbleGamers Charity)

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Age Breakdown of Video Game Players

9%

55-64

6%

65+

21%

Under 18

26%

35-54

38%

18-34

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How We Play

(Source: ESA 2020 Essential Facts)

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Devices Owned by Gamers

73%

own a game console

43%

own a handheld

system

29%

own a VR device

25%

own a handheld

VR device

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Most Common Devices Used for Video Game Play Among Adult Players

52%

game console

61%

smartphone

49%

personal computer

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Most Popular Game Genres

71%

casual games

53%

action games

48%

shooter games

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Content Purchasing

(Source: ESA 2019 Essential Facts)

17%

Physical format sales

83% 

Digital Format sales

$25B

2016

$30B

2017

$35.4B

$35B

2018

2019

Top 5 influences for purchase

Gamers say the following are useful when deciding on a purchase

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66%

63%

57%

48%

46% 

Price

Quality of graphics

Interesting story/ premise

Familiar from past experiences

Continuation of favorite game series

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39%

YouTube videos

30% 

User reviews from communities or digital storefronts

29%

Professional reviews from online video game magazines/ websites

20%

Streaming

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49%

of gamers have made a microtransaction in the past year

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29%

of gamers pay a monthly subscription for a video game or game service

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2020 Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry

Video games impact people’s lives in meaningful ways beyond the intrinsic joy of play. The ESA’s 2020 Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry answers frequently asked questions like who plays video games, why do people play video games and how and when do people play?

Download this resource today to learn more

about the video game industry!

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