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Study Finds That US Adults Spend Large Amounts On Video Games

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It’s totally a necessity, shut up.

A new report published on Thursday from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) revealed that a large number of adults living in the United States are spending an exorbitant amount of money on video games and other video game-related expenses.

According to the report, 93% of households own at least one smartphone and over half of all owners use their smartphone for playing. Meanwhile, nearly 75% of all Americans have at least one video game console at home, with over 164 million adults playing video games.

In terms of spending, the industry revenue for 2018 was a whopping $43.4 billion, which made the ESA wonder: what exactly it is with games that make people want to spend their money?

The survey conducted on more than 4,000 Americans revealed several interesting results:

  • 60% of players play on smartphones
  • Almost 50% also play on consoles and personal computers
  • 46% of gamers are women, though they favor different types of games from men depending on age
    • Female gamers who are 18-34 years old mostly play Candy Crush, Assassin’s Creed, and Tomb Raider
    • Female gamers who are 55-64 years old mostly play Mahjong and Monopoly
    • Most female gamers play on smartphones as opposed to PC
  • 54% of players are male and mostly play on dedicated video game consoles or PC
    • Male gamers who are 18-34 years old mostly play God of War, Fortnite, and Madden NFL
  • Generally speaking, there are also a couple of differences in preferred games depending on the age of the player
    • Players who are 40-54 years old tend to play mostly Tetris, Pac Man, Call of Duty, Forza, and NBA 2k.
    • Players who are 55-64 years old tend to play mostly Solitaire and Scrabble