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ESA releases gaming demographic facts and figures

The popularity of computer and video games is rising and new reports show that not only are the numbers of gamers swelling, but their demographic diversity is broadening, too.

by Helen Leggatt

esa logo.gifThe Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has released a leaflet outlining a multitude of interesting facts and figures about the gaming audience in the U.S.

Released during the annual E3 Expo game conference, "2009 Essential Facts" (.pdf) illustrates who is playing what and the results are encouraging.

Around 68% of U.S. households now play computer or video games and it's not just the youngsters in the family that are doing so. While the average age of a gamer is 35, over a quarter (26%) is age 50 or over. The bulk of gamers are in the 18 to 49 year age range.

"This is the new golden age of entertainment software. Our products are now being enjoyed by over two-thirds of Americans," said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA. "As the findings of the 2009 Essential Facts illustrate, more and more Americans across all demographics are now embracing the interactive entertainment experience that computer and video games provide."

Tags: computer games, demographics, ESA, gamers, online gaming, U.S., video games

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  • Oh, the average age of gamers is the same as last year, and the statistical report is not as alarming as others would perceive with regard to video games. And it's good to know that 92% of parents are present with their children at the time the games purchased and rented.



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