Video Game Industry Statistics, Trends and Data In 2022

by Shawn Carter

Last updated Aug 15, 2022

Key Takeaways : July 2022 Data

✓ There are now a total 3.24 billion video game players of all ages.

✓ There are nearly 227 million players (226.6) across all ages in the US.

✓ The average video game player is 33 years old .

✓ In total, players are about half female (45%) and half male (55%) .

✓ Most Popular Game in 2022: Minecraft 238 Million copies sold

Section 01

Gaming Industry Statistics

Section 02

Gaming Demographic Statistics

Section 03

Player Habits and Preferences

Section 04

Steam Game and Player Statistics

Section 05

Mobile Gaming Statistics

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Gaming Industry Statistics

Since 2012, the video game industry has increased exponentially and now is virtually 3x what it was in 2012. The gaming market was valued at $178.73 billion in 2022, an increase of 14.4% from 2020.

Nintendo valued at $85 billion as the biggest video game company.

A whopping 226.6 million video game players are in the U.S. alone.

In total, there were an estimated 3.24 billion gamers across the globe.

Video gaming is a popular pastime for both young and old people all around the world. Asia had about 1.48 billion players in 2022, making it the world's largest video gaming market, with Europe in second place with 715 million gamers.

Video Gaming is expected to reach a value of USD 314.40 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.64% over 2022-2027.

According to the latest statistics a whopping 226.6 million video game players are in the U.S.alone.

Video games industry market size in the U.S. 2010-2021

Global video game market value from 2020 to 2025, by region

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Gaming Demographic Statistics

45 percent of video game players in the United States are female, with the remaining 55 percent being male.

Across all ages, 80% of players are over 18 years old.

75% of all U.S. households have at least one person who plays.

The most popular game genre for both men and women is action-adventure games at 39%

The mobile gaming gender split is 51% female and 49% male.

Both female and male players play to be entertained at 56%. More women 67% say they play to unwind than do men (55%)

The majority (79%) of American gamers play games because of mental stimulation.

Gamers range in age from children under 18 (20%) to post-Boomers 70 and up. Millennials currently dominate the market with 38% followed by children under 18.

The average gamer is 31 years old.

17% of all female gamers and 20% of all male gamers engage in cloud gaming.

Distribution of video gamers in the US, by gender

Distribution of video gamers in the US, by age

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Player Habits and Preferences

57% of players play on a smartphone, 46% on game console and 42% on personal computer.

Smartphone players mostly engage in casual games (71%) and racing games (41%).

Players on consoles prefer action games at 60% and shooter games at 57%.

PC players are at 71% with casual games and 42% with shooter games.

63% play casual games (e.g. Tetris, Solitaire,) 39% play shooter games such as Call of Duty and Fortnite and others such as racing and adventure games at 37% and 31%.

As of June 2022, the highest-selling gaming console is the PlayStation 2, with over 158 million units sold globally

In 2022, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling video game system in the world, with about 28 million copies sold globally followed by Sony Playstation 4 and 5.

The pandemic had the greatest impact on console gaming, which increased by around 21% to $51.2 billion in 2020, more than double the initial prediction.

The most popular PC game in mid-2022 was Minecraft.

Grand Theft Auto V is the most popular game on Twitch, with 170.3 million total hours.

According to the report, 90% of players agree that video games bring joy through play. Games can inspire (79%), provide mental stimulation (87%), and relieve stress (87%).

When US gamers were asked which platform they preferred for gaming, it was found that 61% used their Smartphone, 52% used a dedicated console, and 49% took part in PC gaming

Almost 50% of gamers have made at least one microtransaction in the past year

People prefer to download a game (63.6%) rather than buy a physical copy (26%) globally

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Steam Game and Player Statistics

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive remains the most popular game on Steam with over 963K players, followed by Dota 2(728K).

There are currently 27 Million users on Steam as of February 2022.

There are 47,973 games available on Steam

The number of concurrent players on Steam peaked at 29.1 million.

Steam has over 62.6 million daily active users.

The top 1% of Steam games earn more than $25 million each on Steam alone.

The US accounts for 14.43% of all Steam users followed by China at 11.66%.

26.85 million users concurrently accessed Steam at one point in March 2022, marking an all-time peak to date.

Steam users logged 31.3 billion hours of playtime in 2020. Playtime has grown by 50.55% over the last year, outstripping the 26.31% growth in MAUs.

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Mobile Gaming Statistics

As of the second quarter of 2022, Roblox was the biggest mobile gaming publisher in the United States.

In 2020, mobile gaming accounted for almost 52 percent of video gaming revenue worldwide

There are currently 2.6 Million mobile gamers worldwide.

With over 6.4 million game app downloads in the Google Play Store in the United States, VOODOO was the most popular gaming app producer.

Based on a game development company, more than 57% of all game developers reside in the US.

With over $299 million in monthly revenue as of 2022, PUBG is the highest-grossing smartphone game

Clash of Clans was the most popular Android gaming app in the United States with almost two million daily active users.

Google Play revenue is at a greater level than iOS App Store revenue: 19.6% to 13.2%.

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