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Gamer trends: Less people, older, gaming longer


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According to ‘2021 Evolution of Entertainment’ report from The NPD Group, this year, the amount of money spent in the U.S. on video games has increased 35% over the past six months*; and while overall participation in video gaming remains high, it has decreased to 76%, a three-point decline over the same period last year.

“Although we have seen a slight reduction in the percentage of Americans that play video games, we are still well ahead of the 73% we saw in 2019,” said Mat Piscatella, U.S. video games industry analyst for The NPD Group.

Despite the decline in number of people playing video games, the industry continues to see growth in the number of hours spent gaming. There was a dramatic increase in time spent playing games from 2019 to 2020, with average hours played per week jumping from 12.7 to 14.8, respectively. And the growth continues, increasing to 16.5 hours per week this year.

One segment that has played a major role in driving these gains is among more mature U.S. gamers ages 45-64. In 2019, 65% of consumers in this age group played games for approximately 9 hours per week. This jumped considerably in 2020 to 69% playing for approximately 12 hours per week, and 75% this year playing for approximately 16 hours per week.

The original title is super long. "US Continues to See Growth in Time and Money Spent on Video Games, While Overall Participation Records a Slight Decline Over Last Year Reports The NPD Group"



The amount of money spent on video games has increased 35% over the past six months, while overall participation in gaming experienced a three-point decline


There are three main points here:


Slightly fewer people are gaming now compared to last year at the height of the pandemic, but it's still a lot more than it was before the pandemic. 


The people who are gaming are gaming for a bit longer.


There are a lot more gamers in the 45-64 age range now. 

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I think the older age range of gaming becomes norm as the generations pre 1970's / 80's begin their afterlife journeys. 


And, I think that's an overall good thing, as in the long run people who grew up with video games will like enjoy them until the day they die (IMHO, as I intend to... lol)


What is interesting is the decline in people actually gaming - however - that's pretty simple.  Just ain't enough parts/consoles to go fully round.  Wait until 2025 when gaming is heightened even further with newer hardware and a maturing (currently) platform. 

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