The Video Game Industry

Comprehensive Industry Research

227 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. The ESA’s 2021 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?

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Who Plays Video Games?
Today, nearly 227 million Americans play video games. Two thirds of adults and three quarters of kids under 18 play video games weekly.
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Why Do We Play Games?
90% of players agree that video games bring joy through play. Games can inspire (79%), provide mental stimulation (87%), and relieve stress (87%).
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Families Play Together
Playing together is a family affair: 74% of parents play video games with their children at least weekly (up from 55% in 2020).
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