The video game market has a wide variety of products and platforms that allow as many players as possible to play. French consumers are indeed very fond of video games, with nearly two million consoles sold throughout the country in 2019 alone. The sale of consoles is an important segment of the French market, surpassed only by mobile software. In total, 64 percent of French people say they play video games.
Despite preconceptions, the profile of French gamers is very varied and cannot be limited to one age group or gender. However, video gaming penetration is almost complete among 10-14-year-olds, and this figure gradually decreases with age. Regardless of age, the share of female gamers equals the share of males.
Casual and mobile gaming are the most popular types of games, ahead of role-playing and platform games. One reason for this is that these games can be played while commuting or outdoors via smartphone. Smartphones remain the most popular platform for gaming, followed by PC and home consoles.
Almost half of gamers play nearly every day or more often, and the French play seven hours a week on average, which is still less than in the UK or Spain. More than half of parents admit to playing with their children on a regular or occasional basis, particularly to share an activity.