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Video Game Statistics 2019: Interesting Facts About the Video Gaming Industry

by Georgie Peru
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2018 was reportedly a record breaking year for the video gaming industry. According to video game statistics, in 2014 there were around 1.82 billion gamers worldwide. In 2019 the estimate is 2.47 billion, increasing to over 2.7 billion by 2021.

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We wanted to take a look at who gamers are across the world. What games are going to make it big and why. How many people play video games. The most played genre in video gaming, etc.

We’re going to dive into some very interesting gaming facts and statistics about the industry on a global scale. What makes gamers tick? Are they all couch potatoes?

Gaming Statistics Updated for 2019

Sources at New Zoo show the top countries by game revenues. By 2020 it’s expected that the games market is going to be worth over 90 billion U.S. dollars.

  • The UK is the 6th largest video game market taking into account consumer revenues
  • Leading the top gaming revenues are China , USA, Japan and Germany
  • Dota 2 has awarded the most prize money in a video game
  • Starcraft III hosted over 4000 tournaments
  • Nearly 40% all Esports revenues comes from sponsorships
  • Minecraft has over 144 million sales
  • There are over 2 billion gamers worldwide with over 50% coming from the Asia-Pacific region
  • 35% of women who play console games prefer action/adventure
  • 41% of males who play PC games prefer shooters
  • The top earning pro gamer is Germany’s Kuro Takhasomi

Facts and Stats about Video Gamers

Female gamer playing video games

  • 75% of American’s have at least one gamer in their household
  • 63% of gamers play with other gamers
  • 65% of American adults play video games
  • The most popular game genre is casual gaming with around 71%
  • 64% of gamers are 16-24 year old males
  • 25% of 45-54 year olds have an interest in gaming
  • Over 75% of internet users in the Middle East and APAC use their smartphones for gaming
  • More than a third of gamers have watched a live gaming stream in a one month period
  • Just under 50% of gamers game on their PC or laptop
  • Surgeons who play video games are 37% less likely to make mistakes and operate 27% faster than their peers who don’t play video games
  • Gamers who play on consoles tend to fall in the 25-34 age bracket with 27%
  • 31% of console gamers fall into the top 25% income bracket

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Facts and Stats about Video Game Platforms

interesting facts about video games

  • Mobile gaming is the most popular form of gaming worldwide
  • 85% of gamers in the Philippines use their smartphone for gaming
  • Egypt have the largest percentage of PC and laptop gamers with 69%
  • Mexico’s engagement with gaming is biggest on consoles with 45%
  • The PS4 is the most used console with around 36%
  • The WiiU is the least used console at 10% in use

Facts and Stats about Video Gaming Sales

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Facts and Stats about Mobile Gaming

Gamer playing Fortnite on mobile

  • 50% of mobile gamers are women
  • Fortnite on iOS is expected to exceed 100 million downloads across 138 days
  • Mobile gamers spend around 3 hours 44 minutes on their smartphone per day
  • Games developer Voodoo received $200 million to keep dominating the mobile gaming market
  • 1 in 4 Plants vs Zombies players purchased a mobile game last month
  • 5% of mobile gamers own a VR headset

Facts and Stats about VR Gaming

video game statistics

  • Only 5% of gamers who own another gaming device own a VR headset
  • By August 2018 Sony had only sold 3 million PlayStation VR headsets
  • VR gamers spend on average 30 minutes more on social media per day than other internet users
  • North America (8%) and higher income demographics (10%) have the highest rate of VR headset adoption

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Fun Facts about Video Gaming

gaming statistics

  • Arcticuno (UNO), Zapdos (DOS) and Moltres (TRES) from Pokémon mean one, two, three in Spanish
  • Rockstar paid for negative press reviews for GTA
  • Apple Co-founder, Steve Wozniak, was obsessed with the game Tetris. He used to submit his scores to Nintendo Power under the name of Evets Kainzow (his name backwards)
  • Robin Williams named one of his children Zelda (from The Legend of Zelda) and the other was named Cody
  • South Korea’s Cinderella Law bans gamers under the age of 16 from playing online video games after midnight
  • The creator of the Gameboy (Gunpei Yokoi) was a janitor at Nintendo
  • Starcraft players in South Korea receive salaries and prizes for playing the popular video game
  • The Aerosmith version of Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, has brought in more money for the band than the sales of any of their albums
  • Final Fantasy VII was originally meant to be for the N64 until realising the game was too big and would take around 15 cartridges
  • Dragon Quest games in Japan cannot be released on weekdays due to their popularity and children bunking off school

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