Although the gaming industry is the youngest of the most popular entertainment mediums, it has now firmly established itself as one of the most popular in the world. Gone are the days when gamers were simply seen as nerds living in their parent’s basement. Now the gaming industry brings in billions of dollars as people flock to buy the latest blockbuster games and get their hands on new consoles. Having become such an important part of how we spend our spare time, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of interesting and shocking facts about the gaming industry.
Most Gamers Aren’t Children
While the media often portrays gamers as teenagers who don’t have a job and are essentially geeks, the truth is very different. Research carried out in various studies shows that the average player is actually in their 30s and has usually been playing video games for more than a decade.
And Half Are Women
This stereotype is also broken down by the fact that almost half of all gamers are actually women. Studies have shown that on consoles the player base is split 60/40 in favor of men but on handheld consoles such as the Nintendo 3DS the split is actually only around 55/45. In fact, most mobile gamers are actually female, with women accounting for 55% of all players on smartphones and tablets.