Number of video gamers worldwide 2014-2021

The video gaming industry is huge and shows no signs of slowing down. While there were almost 1.82 billion video gamers across the world in 2014, this figure is expected to rise to over 2.7 billion gamers by 2021.

Gamers across the globe

The Asia Pacific region is at the heart of the global video gaming industry. According to estimates, there were over 1.2 billion video gamers in the region in 2018, generating a combined revenue of 71.4 billion U.S. dollars. This represents more than double the revenue generated in the second largest region, North America. Given how much money the average gamer devotes to their hobby, it is no wonder that the gaming industry is worth billions – gamers worldwide spent an average of over 123 U.S. dollars on gaming over a three month period in 2018, which included purchases on full games, downloads, and supporting live-streamers. PayPal seemed to be the payment method of choice for many gamers, while four percent gained access to the latest gaming releases via a bank transfer.

Gamers in the U.S.

Gaming is not just huge in Asia Pacific as it has also gripped players throughout the United States. In 2018, gamers accounted for 66 percent of the general U.S. population, up from 58 percent just five years earlier. While gaming is classically seen as a hobby of the young and the male, data suggests that the love of gaming is shared by young and old alike. In fact, it seems that female gamers will be a force to be reckoned with in the future as they made up 45 percent of the U.S. gaming population in 2018, up from 38 percent in 2007.

Number of active video gamers worldwide from 2014 to 2021

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Release date

November 2017

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2014 to 2016

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