Global gamer share worldwide in 2017, by age and gender

Although video games are traditionally seen as a hobby for the young and for males, there are suggestions that gamers are a much more diverse bunch. Whilst 20 percent of video gamers worldwide were, indeed, males between the ages of 21 and 35, some 13 percent were females aged between 36 and 50.

Gamers in the U.S.

The fact that there are so many different games available nowadays from classic shooter games to puzzle games and simulator games means that the audience demographics are as mixed as ever. In the United States in 2018, some 28 percent of video game players were under the age of 18, while 23 percent were 50 years old or older. It also seems that women are becoming increasingly engaged with video games as they made up 45 percent of all gamers in the United States in 2018, up from 38 percent in 2006.

The gender split

As stereotypical as it may seem, there are still clear differences in the video games enjoyed by men and women. The mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a battle royale shooter game, was played predominantly by male gamers, while puzzle games such as Candy Crush attracted more of a female audience. However, with leading female eSports players now gaining more exposure, and more money to boot, will women be able to break into this male-dominated world?

Distribution of video gamers worldwide in 2017, by age group and gender

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Release date

May 2017



Survey time period

May 2017

Age group

10-65 years

Special properties

based on gamers in 13 countries

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