The video game industry continues to rise in both popularity and sales each year. In 2018, about 66% of the U.S. population played some video games in some way, shape, or form. That is up 8% from 2013!
Video games aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. And as technology advances, so will the video game industry!
There are a lot of things about the video game industry that may surprise you. Keep reading to discover some of the most fascinating video game statistics you may not have known!
Crazy Video Game Statistics
Video games have been available commercially since the early ’70s. That means they’ve been around for almost 50 years, and that’s not even one of the craziest statistics! Keep reading for some interesting facts about video games and the video game industry!
1. Gaming Is More Equal Than You Think
When most people who aren’t part of the community think of video games, they think of 1 thing. They imagine a nerdy guy in his 30s still living in his mom’s basement drinking mountain dew and eating pizza rolls. And while this stereotype isn’t always wrong, it certainly isn’t the majority as it used to be.
As of this year, the gaming population is made up of 46% women and 54% men. That is a fairly equal split, and it shows that video games can be for anybody. Not just middle-aged nerdy men.
2. Video Game Revenue Has Almost Doubled Since 2013
In 2013, the video game industry brought in over $76 billion in revenue. That seems like a lot of money for video games, right? Think again!
By the end of 2019, it is estimated that video games will bring in over $150 billion in revenue! That is nearly double what it was 6 years ago. And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
3. PC Gaming Is the Most Active Platform
If you are not into video gaming, you might think PlayStation or Xbox is the most popular gaming platform. However, that is not true in the least.
At the 2019 Game Developer’s Conference, it was discovered that about 66% of developers were working on projects for PC, with second place being smartphones and tablets at 38%. PlayStation was the highest console at 31%.
The benefit of developing games for PC is that creators don’t have to worry about any kind of licensing fees or purchasing devkits (game development kit). That means pretty much anybody can create a game for PC if they have the tools and resources to do so.
4. the U.S. Is the 2nd Largest Video Game Market in the World
The United States brought in over $25 billion in revenue in 2018. This is only second to China’s $32 billion. But when you consider the U.S. population is a little over 300 million and China is over 1.3 billion, that number becomes a bit more impressive.
That means that if every single U.S. citizen spent money on video games they would spend a little over $76/year. Whereas in China, every citizen would only be spending about $25/year. Pretty crazy when you realize only 66% of the US population purchases video games.
5. Video Games Aren’t Just For Kids
Contrary to belief, video games are not an adolescent dominated hobby. The average gamer is 34 years old, with almost 40% of gamers falling between the ages of 18 and 35.
That’s right, video games are not just for children anymore. Adults, both male and female have fallen in love with gaming, and this is a trend that is likely to continue.
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