The world of gaming is on a roll and there are numbers to prove it. In the United States alone, 64% of American households have at least one person who plays video games on an average of three hours per week.
According to the Entertainment Software Association, 33 is the average age for a male gamer while 37 is the average age for a female gamer. More than 72% of gamers are also 18 years old and older with women making up 33% of this population.
Since 70% of parents allow their child to play games believing that it’s a positive experience for them, the gaming population has grown more and more every day. Online gaming today is a far cry from what it was a few years back.
Whether it’s in the number of games available or the types of gamers who play these games, there is a huge difference in how the industry operates and how developers create games that target a specific audience. But who exactly is playing what? Here’s what we know:
A survey conducted to 2,000 parents revealed that 62% of their kids are playing online games. In fact, 30% of the total revenue for the mobile gaming industry for in-app purchases in 2015 where from premium children’s games. Here are their top choices:
Fortnite: Battle Royale PE
From its title alone, Fortnite is a free game where up to 100 players fight against each other in a war zone that slowly reduces in size as the game progresses.
Designed for computers, Xbox, tablets and smartphones, Roblox is attracting millions of kids to play together because of its unique games and simple graphics.
Although Overwatch is a shooting game, a lot of young players are hooked on playing this online because of the level of adrenaline that they feel to be apart of a team of six players defending various objectives.
The Teenagers And Young Adults
The age group with the highest percentage of gamers consists of teenagers and young adults aged 18-24 and these are some of their favorites:
Call Of Duty: Black Ops
As of March 2018, Call of Duty: Black Ops already has a fanbase of 24.37 million, most of which are teenagers and young adults. This first-person shooter video game has attracted young gamers worldwide because of its global setting and intense fight scenes.
Texas Holdem Poker
Online gambling has taken flight over the last few years and proof of this is its wide fanbase including more than 65.35 million people who love Texas Holdem Poker. Teenagers and young adults are especially hooked to the game because of the freedom that it gives them to win big and have fun without worrying about restrictions. This age group are also interested in reading a game guide where they learn more about online gambling.
Grand Theft Auto
17% of young adult gamers play the action-adventure video game series Grand Theft Auto because of the adrenaline rush. It has everything from driving to shooting that makes it very appealing to those looking for some fierce competition on the road.
The Older Adults
In 2013, 86-year old Hilda Knott became an online sensation when BBC News showed her video playing Grand Theft Auto IV at home. While the Rated-18 title is mostly played by teenagers and young adults, Knott proved that even the elderly could still enjoy online gaming if they want to. Here are some of their favorites:
Super Mario Run
A lot of older adults were children or teenagers when Super Mario Bros. debuted back in the 80s. So it’s no surprise that most of them love playing Super Mario Run, the more updated version of the original.
The game still features simple controls but challenges become more difficult as levels go up. Yet, it’s still entertaining enough for older adults to get hooked to it, especially since it brings memories from their younger years.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
The Legend of Zelda is the best game of all-time based on its Metacritic score. It has been around for many years and those older adults who are also long-term gamers have Zelda on top of their most precious video games.
At the end of the day, age doesn’t really matter when it comes to online gaming. Whether it’s kids, teenagers or older adults, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy good entertainment during their pastime, bond with their family and even build friendships while they’re at it.
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