The Video Game Industry

Comprehensive Industry Research

214 million Americans are playing video games. So who are America’s video game players, and why do they play?

Video games impact people’s lives in meaningful ways beyond the intrinsic joy of play. ESA’s 2020 Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry answers frequently asked questions like who plays video games, why do people play video games and how and when do people play?

Interestingly, this year’s survey shows that people over 65 (46% men and 63% women) report they have been playing 10 years or less, which means older people are turning to video games.  Scroll the facts below and download your copy of the 2020 Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry for more interesting details like this.

Who Plays Video Games?
More than 214 million people in the United States now play video games 1 hour or more a week. And 75% of all U.S. households have at least one person who plays. That translates to 64% of U.S. adults and 70% of those under 18 regularly play video games.
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Why Do We Play Games?
What’s driving us to play video games? Large majorities of players say video games provide mental stimulation (80 percent) and relaxation (79 percent). Video games help to connect us, and 65 percent of players say they play with others online or in person.
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Families Play Together
Our research shows that 73% of parents believe video games are educational. They are using video games to connect with their kids--more than half of parents (55 percent) say they play games with their children, and 92 percent pay attention to the games their child plays.
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