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.