The Enter­tain­ment Soft­ware Asso­ci­a­tion has released its “Essen­tial Facts” reports about video games in the US for 2021. The num­bers and sta­tis­tics real­ly show the growth of gam­ing in America.

The report shows that more peo­ple are play­ing video games than ever before, like­ly brought on by the pandemic.

The Essen­tial Facts report said there are about 227 mil­lion peo­ple in Amer­i­ca who play games, which is about two-thirds of the the US pop­u­la­tion. The study also shows the aver­age gamer age is 31, and that 80% of peo­ple who play are 18+.

Anoth­er inter­est­ing find is that 77% of peo­ple play games social­ly with oth­ers online or couch co-op at least once a week. This is up from 65% in 2020. What’s bet­ter is that 74% of par­ents said they play games with their chil­dren at least oncer per week, which is up from 55% in 2020. Addi­tion­al­ly, (and obvi­ous­ly) 55% of those who respond­ed report­ed play­ing more games dur­ing the pan­dem­ic over­all. 90% of them said stat­ed they expect to keep play­ing games when social dis­tanc­ing rules relax.

The ESA’s Essen­tial Facts report is based on respons­es from around 4,000 Amer­i­cans aged 18 and old­er; with a mar­gin of error of 1.55%.

This year’s report is a snap­shot of the Amer­i­can video game play­ing com­mu­ni­ty fol­low­ing a year of social dis­tanc­ing, just as the coun­try was start­ing to open again,” ESA pres­i­dent and CEO Stan­ley Pierre-Louis said. “Today, near­ly 227 mil­lion Amer­i­cans play video games. Play­ers across the coun­try embrace the abil­i­ty of games to inspire, pro­vide stress relief and men­tal stim­u­la­tion or sim­ply bring joy through play.”

You can read more on ESA’s Essen­tial Facts report on the ESA web­site.