How Many People Play Video Games in the World? (Feb 2023)

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Worldwide Gamers Statistics: User Numbers, Demographics, & Region

As expected, there are 3.03 billion gamers globally, and the global gaming revenue is estimated to reach $197 billion in 2022. This data shows that the video gaming industry continues to expand and reach a wider audience even after the pandemic.

Video games have become so widespread in our lives that even adults enjoy them. Video game players can play on gaming consoles, mobile devices, PC, and more for entertainment or in their free time.

So, who are the people who are more likely to be gamers? Read on to find out the gaming stats, which include gamer demographics, average gamer’s age, how many gamers are there worldwide, how many hours they prefer playing, and more.

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  • In 2022, there are expected to be 3.03 billion gamers worldwide. It is anticipated to grow to 3.8 billion by 2027, with over 7 million new players joining. (Source: Statista)
  • This year, 215.5 million Americans play video games, accounting for two-thirds of the population across all races, ages, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. (Source: ESA)
  • China has the most video gamers in the world, with 742.19 million, and generated $45.77 billion in gaming revenue in 2022. (Source: Newzoo)
  • According to a survey conducted in Q3 2021, 83.6% of global internet users play games on any device, such as a smartphone, console, or computer. (Source: Statista)
  • Given that Asia Pacific has the most people who play video games (4.7 billion), it stands to reason that it has the most people who play video games, with a 55% share. (Source: Worldometer, Newzoo)
  • In 2022, people between 18 and 34 in America play the most video games (36%), followed by those under 18 (24%). (Source: ESA)
  • Females account for 48% of the 215.5 million active video game players in the United States, with males accounting for the remaining 52% of gamers. (Source: ESA)
  • Most American gamers are White, with 71% identifying as such, followed by Hispanics, who are 10% more likely than whites or blacks to identify as gamers. (Source: ESA)
  • In 2022, the average video gaming time spent in the United States is 13 hours per week, an increase of one hour from the previous year. (Source: ESA)
  • China’s population spends the most time playing video games, with an average of 12.39 hours per week in 2021. (Source: Statista)

How Many People Play Video Games in the World Today

There are an estimated 3.03 billion video gamers globally this 2022. It is expected to rise to 3.8 billion by 2027, with over 7 million new players joining. It reached 2.3 billion in 2017 and slowly rose not until the pandemic hit in 2020, significantly increasing the number of gamers to 3.05 billion. It just falls slightly this year. (Source: Statista)

In addition, 2.5 billion video gamers spend their money purchasing digital games in 2022. It has been rising since 2017 and is forecast to continue accelerating until 2027. (Source: Statista)

Forecast: How Many People Will Play Video Games 2017-2027

Number of People Playing Video Games in 2017 to 2027

Year Number of Video Gamers (in billion) % increase
2017 2.39
2018 2.48 4.14%
2019 2.62 5.45%
2020 3.05 16.38%
2021 3.21 5.08%
2022* 3.03 -5.42%
2023* 3.26 7.54%
2024* 3.45 5.86%
2025* 3.57 3.53%
2026* 3.69 3.13%
2027* 3.80 3.02%

(Source: Statista)

A total of 3.03 billion people played video games in the world this year, a 5.42% huge decrease compared to the previous year, which reached 3.21 billion. However, it is anticipated that 3.80 billion will play video games by 2027, presenting an increase of 3.02%. (Source: Statista)

In the survey done last Q3 2021, 83.6% of global internet users have played video games across any device. 68.1% preferred playing video games on their phones, followed by laptop or desktop computers 36.8%. The game console became the third most popular device with 25.8%. (Source: Statista)

Number of Gamers By Country & Region 2022/2023

In this section, you will know about the video game industry, precisely the number of people who engage in video game play, global gaming penetration, and the revenues of each country and region.

How Many People Play Video Games in the US

215.5 million Americans play games which are two-thirds of the population across all races, ages, genders, and backgrounds this 2022. The majority are men and boys players taking over 70% of the statistics, with women and girls accounting for 62%. (Source: ESA)

American adults aged 65 and over place a higher value on games to use their brains, pass or personal time, and improve themselves. While the younger ones, who are 18 to 24 years old, prefer to play games for connection, entertainment, and comfort. (Source: ESA)

What Percentage of Americans Play Video Games

(Source: ESA)

According to the survey, 65% of American video gamers are US adults aged 18 and over, while 71% are kids under 18 years old in 2022. Specifically, the age groups include 18 to 34 years old (36%), under 18 years old (24%), 35 to 44 years old (13%), 45 to 54 years old (12%), 55 to 64 years old (9%), 65 and older (6%). The average age is 33 years old. (Source: ESA)

66% of Americans play games at least once a week, and 87% believe there is a video game for everyone. Most people who play games are white 71%, followed by Hispanic at 10%, Black/African American at 8%, and Asian/Pacific Islander at 7%. (Source: ESA)

Top 10 Number of Gamers Worldwide by Country

Country Number of Video Game Players (in million) Revenue (in billion USD)
China 742.19 45.77
United States 197.16 44.98
Brazil 100.74 2.61
Japan 78.1 19.99
Germany 49.76 6.62
France 39.34 4.14
United Kingdom 39.1 5.52
Italy 37.64 3.02
South Korea 33.8 7.93
Canada 21.91 3.44

(Source: Newzoo)

China has the highest number of video gamers worldwide, with 742.19 million, and generated a gaming revenue of $45.77 billion this 2022. The United States followed with 197.16 million players and $44.98 billion in revenue. (Source: Newzoo)

These two countries are the biggest gaming markets in the world. The number of gamers here is growing for a variety of reasons. Most Chinese gamers play to pass the time, whereas American gamers play to escape daily life. Their goals in playing differ due to differences in gaming styles and play experiences between the Western and Eastern markets. (Source: Newzoo)

Global Gaming Penetration by Country

Country Gaming Penetration (%)
Philippines 96.40
Thailand 94.70
Indonesia 94.50
Vietnam 93.40
India 92
Taiwan 91.60
Turkey 91.50
Saudi Arabia 91.40
Mexico 91.20
UAE 90.30
South Africa 90.20
Malaysia 90.10
Brazil 89.30
Hong Kong 87.40
Colombia 86.90
Argentina 86.60
Egypt 86.30
Greece 85
Singapore 84.50

(Source: Statista)

83.6% global share of internet users are playing games across any device such as a smartphone, console, or computer in the survey conducted in Q3 2021. The Philippines has the most significant share of gaming usage, with a 96.4% gaming penetration. Thailand came in second place with 94.7% gaming penetration, a 1.7% difference. The Asia Pacific Region dominated gaming statistics, with Singapore at the last spot with 84.50% gaming penetration. (Source: Statista)

In 2022, Filipino online gamers are certainly hooked on to free to play games. They prefer playing Subway Surfers, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Roblox on mobile devices daily. The majority usually spend 1 to 7 hours of mobile gaming, and they like role-playing genre games. (Source: Statista, Statista, Statista, Statista, Statista)

Top 10 Number of Gamers Worldwide by Region

Regional Distribution of Video Gamers in 2021

Country Video Gamers Share
Asia Pacific 55%
Middle East & Africa 15%
Europe 14%
Latin America 10%
North America 7%

(Source: Statista)

Asia is leading the regional video gamers in 2021 with a 55% share. Having the largest population of 4.7 billion among the countries, it makes sense that Asia Pacific has the most people who play video games. This continent also has many video game companies, with China dominating the gaming revenue market. (Source: Worldometer, Newzoo)

  • The Asia Pacific region has 4.7 billion people, with video gamers accounting for 55% (2.5 billion) this 2022. (Source: Worldometer, Statista)
  • There are 1.4 billion people in Africa, with video gamers accounting for 15% (213 million) by 2022. (Source: Worldometer, Statista)
  • Europe has 748 million people, with video gamers accounting for 14% (104 million) of the population by 2022. (Source: Worldometer, Statista)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean have a population of 668 million, with video gamers accounting for 10% (66 million) of the total by 2022. (Source: Worldometer, Statista)
  • The population of North America is 374 million people, with video gamers accounting for 7% (26 million) of the total by 2022. (Source: Worldometer, Statista)

Gaming Demographics: Video Game Players by Age & Gender

In the video game industry,  there is no such thing as an appropriate age or gender. Everyone has the right to play video games, regardless of who or where they are, because it connects people, creates bonds, and promotes diversity around the globe.

In this section, you will learn about US gamer demographics, such as age group, gender, and ethnicity.

Average Age of a Gamer

Age Group Video Game Players
Under 18 24%
18-34 36%
35-44 13%
45-54 12%
55-64 9%
65+ 6%

(Source: ESA)

In America, people between 18 and 34 play the most video games (36%), followed by those under 18 (24%) in 2022. They are primarily millennials and members of Generation X. On average, video game players are 33 years old. In addition, 69% of American households have at least one person that plays video games. (Source: ESA)

77% of parents play video games at least one hour per week playing video games with their children, a 3% increase from 2021, for the following reasons: it is fun for them, it allows them to spend time together, it will enable them to socialize with their kids, and some kids ask them to. (Source: ESA)

Video Game Audience Gender

Female Gamers48% Male Gamers52%

(Source: ESA)

48% of the 215.5 million active video game players are females, with males accounting for the remaining 52% of gamers in the United States. There are 215.5 million active gamers of all ages in the country. (Source: ESA)

70% prefer playing video games on smartphones, 52% on gaming consoles, 43% on PC, 26% on tablets, and 7% on a VR devices. Furthermore, 60% play games on multiple devices, with 36% using mobile devices and gaming consoles, 32% using mobile and PC, 23% using PC and gaming consoles, and 20% using mobile, PC, and console. (Source: ESA)

Men and Boys that Play Video Games70% Women and Girls that Play Video Games62%

(Source: ESA)

Most gamers in the United States are men and boys, who account for 70%, while women and girls account for 62%. There are currently 215.5 million active gamers of all ages in the country. (Source: ESA)

More than half of the gaming audience is female gamers in the United States. This trend has been ongoing for several years. While women are under-represented in-game media and the industry, they account for a sizable portion of gamers and spending power. (Source: Statista)

Video Gamer Ethnicity USA

Ethnicity Video Game Players
White 71%
Hispanic 10%
Black/African American 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7%
Other 3%

(Source: ESA)

The majority of American gamers are White, with 71% identifying as such, followed by Hispanics, who are more likely to identify as gamers than whites or blacks, with 10%. Black/African Americans account for 8% of video game players, while Asian/Pacific accounts for 7%. (Source: ESA)

Average Time Playing Video Games

In 2022, the average video gaming time spent in the US is 13 hours each week, which shows an increase of 1 hour from the previous year. Online multiplayer games consume 25% of that time, while in-person multiplayer games consume 16%. To summarize, 41% of the time is spent playing with others. (Source: ESA)

How Many Hours do Gamers Play a Day/Week/Month

22%Gamers play 1-3 hours a week 78%Gamers play 3+ hours a week 53%Gamers play 7+ hours a week

22% of American gamers play one to three hours per week, 78% play more than three hours per week, and 53% play more than seven hours per week in 2022. The average time spent on video games per week is 13 hours, up one hour from the previous year. (Source: ESA)

American gamers mostly play puzzles, arcades, skill and chance, shooting, and action games. Action and shooter games only have a 1% difference in the survey conducted on the reasons for playing among gamers in the US. (Source: ESA)

  • Gamers spend 1.8 hours a day playing video games.
  • The weekly average for video game time is 13 hours.
  • Gamers spend an average of 395.2 hours per month playing video games.
  • On average, gamers spend 677.8 hours per year video gaming.

Average Time Playing Video Games By Country

Country Average Weekly Hours Spent
China 12.39
Vietnam 10.16
India 8.61
Indonesia 8.54
Global 8.45
United States 7.71
United Kingdom 7.17
Germany 7.13
South Korea 5.88

(Source: Statista)

China’s population plays video games for the longest time, with 12.39 average hours spent every week in 2021. Vietnamese came in second place, video gaming for about 10.16 hours per week. Meanwhile, the US is in 6th, with 7.71 average weekly hours. The global average for weekly gaming hours is 8.45. (Source: Statista)

Average Time Playing Video Games By Gender

Gender Less than 1 hour a week 1-2 hours a week 2-4 hours a week 4-7 hours a week 7-12 hours a week 12-20 hours a week More than 20 hours a week
Female 9.70% 14% 16.60% 16.40% 18.50% 13.90% 10.90%
Male 9.80% 14.50% 15.40% 16.10% 19% 13.40% 11.90%
All 9.80% 14.30% 16% 16.20% 18.80% 13.70% 11.40%

(Source: Statista)

According to a Statista report from January 2021, 19% of males and 18.50% of females play video games for 7 to 12 hours per week. 10.90% of women and 11.90% of men spend more than 20 hours per week playing video games. The weekly average for gaming time was 8.45 hours. (Source: Statista)

In the eSports sector, 15% of male players and 3% of female gamers are avid fans, in the gaming statistics conducted in September 2021. In recent years, eSports has become a significant part of the entertainment industry. Players can compete in multiplayer video game tournaments worldwide, individually, or in teams. (Source: Statista)

Average Time Playing Video Games By Age USA

Age Group Average Daily Time Spent (in minutes)
15 to 24 years 39
25 to 34 years 19.80
35 to 44 years 8.40
45 to 54 years 6.60
55 to 64 years 6
65 years and over 13.20
Total 15 years and over 15.60

(Source: Statista)

In the gaming world of 2019, people in the United States between the ages of 15 and 24 spent an average of 39 minutes per day playing games. Simultaneously, 25 to 34 years old spent 19.8 minutes a day video gaming. The average time spent on video games by people aged 15 and up is 15.60 hours. (Source: Statista)

Regardless of the gaming platform, roughly two-thirds of US gaming spenders were satisfied with their in-game purchases in 2021. The happiest are console gamers, with 67% reporting that their item purchases and virtual goods were very or somewhat satisfactory. (Source: Statista)