Industry Facts: The average compensation for a video game industry employee is nearly $95,000.
Industry Facts: The U.S. video game industry directly and indirectly employs more than 146,000 people.
Industry Facts: The video game industry added $6.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.
Industry Facts: 86 percent of games rated by the ESRB in 2014 received a rating of “E,” “E10+,” or “T.”
Industry Facts: The average game player is 35 years old and has been playing computer and video games for 13 years.
Industry Facts: 44 percent of gamers are women.
Industry Facts: 59 percent of parents whose children are gamers play computer and video games with their children at least weekly.
Industry Facts: SuperData Research predicts the worldwide market for virtual goods will exceed $20 billion by 2015.
Industry Facts: Forrester Research expects cloud game play to reach 66 million U.S. households by 2017.
Industry Facts: 390 American colleges, universities, art and trade schools offer video game-related courses or degree programs.
Industry Facts: 74 percent of moms say they play video games, according to The NPD Group.
Industry Facts: 27 percent of adults age 50 and older say they play video games, according to The NPD Group.
Industry Facts: 91 percent of parents whose children play games are present when games are purchased or rented
Industry Facts: Of the most frequent game players, 35 percent of play games on their smartphones, and 21 percent play on their handheld device.
Industry Facts: 42 percent of Americans play video games regularly (3 hours or more per week), according to ESA’s 2015 Essential Facts.
Industry Facts: Americans spent $22.41 billion on video games, hardware, and accessories in 2014.

Improving What Matters

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ESA's Commitments

  • Nite to Unite

    Each year, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation brings together more than 600 members of the video game community to raise funds for scholarships and other critical education and digital learning programs at Nite to Unite (NTU).

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  • Parent Resources

    ESA is committed to helping parents make sure that children are safe online and playing video games their parents consider appropriate. Through the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the association has voluntarily established numerous tools to help parents make educated game choices...

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  • ESA Foundation

    Created by the American entertainment software industry in 2000, the ESA Foundation (ESAF) provides scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supports charitable organizations and schools that leverage entertainment software and technology...

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Around the Industry

Smithsonian highlights indie game makers with museum arcade
July 10, 2017
Kids Join Together to Code Their Own Video Game
July 10, 2017
Games are the largest provider of critical thinking education in the world
July 14, 2017