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
64% of adults (18 and older) are video game players
of video game players play with others
Total U.S. Video Game Players
of Americans have at least one video game player in their household
Average age range of gamers:
of players say they play with others online or in person (6.6 hrs/week online, 4.3 hrs/week in person)
video game players with disabilities (Source: The AbleGamers Charity)
Age Breakdown of Video Game Players
How We Play
(Source: ESA 2020 Essential Facts)
Devices Owned by Gamers
own a game console
own a handheld
own a VR device
own a handheld
Most Common Devices Used for Video Game Play Among Adult Players
Most Popular Game Genres
(Source: ESA 2019 Essential Facts)
Physical format sales
Digital Format sales
Top 5 influences for purchase
Gamers say the following are useful when deciding on a purchase
Quality of graphics
Interesting story/ premise
Familiar from past experiences
Continuation of favorite game series
User reviews from communities or digital storefronts
Professional reviews from online video game magazines/ websites
of gamers have made a microtransaction in the past year
of gamers pay a monthly subscription for a video game or game service
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?
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