2023 Essential Facts About the U.S. Video Game Industry
The 2023 report details America’s relationship with video games and the reasons why games continue to inspire and delight us all. Play is a universal need for kids as well as adults. Video games build community, keep our minds sharp and bring us closer to others. Embracing the power of games unlocks our extraordinary potential, transforming lives — and the world.
Video games are one of America’s most beloved pastimes. No matter your interest, there is a video game you will love. So, it’s no surprise that so many people choose to play.
VIDEO GAME PLAYERS ARE DIVERSE
of adults (18+) play video games
of kids (under 18) play video games
is the average age of a video game player
of video game players identify as male
of video game players identify as female
play at least 4 hours of games a week, across all platform
average hours played a week
of players only play on smartphones
of video game players use multiple platforms
the Benefits of Play
Games don’t simply entertain. They also create opportunities to sharpen our skills and stimulate our minds. Video games are seen as a tool for building problem-solving skills, teamwork and collaboration, communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills.
Games Have Benefits
Americans who view games as beneficial 96%
Americans say that video games...
BRING PEOPLE JOY
PROVIDE MENTAL STIMULATION
PROVIDE STRESS RELIEF
HELP IMPROVE COGNITIVE SKILLS
CREATE A FEELING OF COMMUNITY
Building Community Through Play
Gamers who play with others 80%
SAY GAMES EXPAND THEIR SOCIAL CIRCLES
SAY GAMES INTRODUCE US TO NEW FRIENDS AND RELATIONSHIPS
PARENTS PLAY VIDEO GAMES WITH THEIR CHILDREN
SAY GAMES HELP STAY CONNECTED TO FRIENDS/FAMILY
HAVE MET A GOOD FRIEND, SPOUSE OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER THROUGH VIDEO GAMES
PARENTS AND KIDS
A vast majority of parents make all/most of the content decisions for their kids (78%), while others opt for a hybrid approach that involves their kids (17%). Either way, parents continue to play a key role in determining which games are okay for their kids to enjoy!
Among parents who have children who play games:
are aware of ESRB ratings
regularly use ESRB ratings