Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Average US gamer is 33 years old

If you thought that all video games were for teenagers and twentysomethings, then think again. According to a report released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the average gamer is now in his or her thirties.

The report, titled Essential Facts About The Video Games Industry, was compiled by a survey conducted in 2005. This survey questioned 1,700 U.S. households, in which 69% reported that the "heads of households" played computer or video games. Of this 69%, the average age of a video game player is 33 years old. Even more remarkable is the figure that 25% of those questioned who played games were 50 years of age and older. Also, according to the report, the average number of years people have been playing video games has been 12.

So, the numbers in this ESA report show PC and video games can no longer categorized as games for the young, but rather the young at heart.

Read more at Gamasutra.

Get the ESA's Essential Facts About The Video Games Industry Report in PDF format.

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