2015 Essential Facts: What It Means to Be a Gamer

“What’s a gamer in America?”

People have a lot of opinions on that question, but we prefer to keep them grounded in reality. That’s why we’ve been clamoring for The Entertainment Software Association’s yearly Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry report. The Essential Facts study is the most in-depth look into who plays video games in America and how they play them. To gamers, some of the findings give us that “yeah, duh” feeling – and others fly so in the face of traditional stereotypes, it’s hard not to share them with everyone you know.

We encourage you to read through the findings yourself, but in case you are too busy dungeon crawling, platforming, or cart racing with friends, we’ve pulled out a few of the most important statistics so you can focus on saving the world, yet continue to stay informed.

There are a TON of gamers in America.

  • 155 million Americans play video games. The US Census Bureau tells us that represents almost half of the country’s population. For example, the number of gamers attending eSports competitions is enough to fill out Michigan Stadium (the largest stadium in the country) over 1,400 times!

What’s more…

  • Four out of five US households own a device used to play video games. That means your granny might be a master of a mobile game or even the latest AAA console blockbuster.

Gamers come in all shapes and sizes.

  • The average game player is 35 years old and has been playing video games for an average of 13 years. Our community isn’t made up of gamers who defeated their first video boss merely two years ago. It’s much more likely that a peppy plumber or secret agent was involved.
  • Forty-four percent of game players are women. The new reality of our community is that you’re much more likely to be a woman age 18 or older than a boy age 18 or younger – not exactly how politicians or media portray us.

What the Essential Facts make clear is that ours is a community ever growing and with surprising diversity. 

To politicians, our diversity and inclusiveness makes ours a key constituency they need to pay attention to. This diversity and inclusiveness presents our community as a key constituency, demanding the attention of politicians.

VGVN is all about ensuring that gamers have a voice and are properly represented in politics. To get involved and add your voice to the 155 million gamers across the country, and more than 850,000 of them already in our community, join VGVNspread the word and register to vote today. That way you can ensure we have the same representation in Washington that we already have all across the country. 


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