2020 Gaming Industry Statistics, Trends & Data

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Last Updated: November 2020

Table of Contents

Video Game Industry Overview

Economy

Markets

Gaming Industry Overview

Devices

PC Gaming

Sony PlayStation

Microsoft Xbox

Nintendo

Mobile Gaming

Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR)

Demographics

Marketing and Influence

Twitch

Sources

Revenue By Countries

Top 10 Countries/Markets by Game Revenues – NewZoo, 2019

Video Game Industry Market Overview – Bloomberg, Pelham Smithers

Where Are Game Developers Born? – Bigfish Games, IGDA, 2016

Top Developers

Retail revenue of the U.S. video game industry from January 2017 to July 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars) – Statista, GameStop, 2019

Activision Blizzard’s revenue from 2015 to 2018, by platform (in million U.S. dollars) – Statista, Activision Blizzard, 2019

Total worlwide hardware sales per platform- Hardware, – VGChartz, 2019

Total worlwide hardware sales per platform- Software, – VGChartz, 2019

Electronic Arts’ net income/loss in the fiscal years 2005 to 2019 (in million U.S. dollars)  – Statista, Electronic Arts, 2019

Tencent’s Revenue Growth in Online Games (Year-over-Year) – Market Realist, Tencent’s filings, 2019

Revenue generated by Ubisoft worldwide from 2010 to 2019 – Statista,Ubisoft, 2019

Revenue generated by Ubisoft in the financial year 2018/2019, by region (in million euros) – Statista,Ubisoft, 2019

Top 10 best-selling videogame consoles – Guinness World Records, VGChartz.com, 2018

Percentage of game developers working on game projects for selected platforms worldwide in 2019 – Statista, Game Developers Conference, 2019 

Gaming Industry Overview

Top 10 Most Popular Game Genres Dominating the Global Gaming Market 2019  – Techanavio, 2019

RPGs and shooters are the most played genres for PC  – TechJury, SuperData Research, 2019

Genre breakdown of video game sales in the United States in 2018 – Statista, Entertainment Software Association, 2018

Video Game genres in different countries worldwide in 2018 – cabletv.com, 3-bit Gamer, 2018

Markets

A brief history – Business Insider, GAMR, Visualcapitalist.com, 2017

How much is the gaming industry worth? Think Billions – Reuters, Newzoo, Activision Blizzard, 2019

Global unit sales of current generation video game consoles – Metro, VGChartz, 2019

Global Games Market per device & segment with year-on-year growth rates – 2019  – NewZoo, 2019

2018-2022 Global Games Market forecast per segment toward 2022  – NewZoo, 2019

2019 Global Games Market per region with year-on-year growth rates – NewZoo, 2019

Consumer (Package and Digital Download Contents) Market  – Capcom, 2016

PC Online Market – Capcom

Mobile Content Market  – Capcom, 2016

Global Games Market per Screen & Segment with Year-on-Year growth Rates  – NewZoo, 2019

Annual revenue of the U.S. video game industry from 2016-2018 – Statista, SuperData Research, 2018

Factors influencing decisions to purchase video games  – Digital Marketing Community, The ESA, 2017

Consumer spending on video game content, hardware and accessories in the U.S. – Statista, The ESA, The NPD Group, 2019

% of game developers most interested in/currently developing for the following platforms – PC Mag, Game Developers Conference, 2019

PC Gaming

The Value of PC Gaming Market Industry in million U.S. dollars (2011-2020) – Newzoo, 2018

PC and console games revenue worldwide from 2012 to 2022 – Newzoo, 2018

Top System Manufacturers  – Laptop Mag, 2019

Shipment forecast of laptops, desktop PCs and tablets worldwide from 2010-2023 (in million units) – Canalys , Statista estimates, 2019

Market Share per Country  – Newzoo, 2019

Most Popular Core PC Games- Global by June 2019  – Newzoo, 2019

The Worldwide Revenue Generated by Free-to-Play and Pay-to-Play MMO Games in Million U.S. Dollars by region (2016) – Statista, SuperData Research, 2016

Top 10 free to play digital games by worldwide revenue in 2018  – GameIndustry.biz, SuperData Research, 2018

Sony PlayStation

Sony’s revenue worldwide by segment fiscal years 2012 to 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars) – Statista, Sony, 2019

Unit sales of Sony’s PlayStation consoles worldwide from 2011 to 2019 (in millions), by quarter – Statista, Sony, 2019

Installed base of video game systems in the U.S. in 2017, by platform (in millions) – Statista, Fraunhofer, 2019

Microsoft Xbox

Worldwide Estimated Installed Base of Microsoft Game Consoles in million Units – 2018 – Statista, Bank of America, Merill Lynch, 2019

Xbox 360 and Xbox One gaming consoles unit sales worldwide from 2005 to 2018 (in millions)  – Statista, Microsoft earnings reports, 2019

Nintendo

Unit sales of Nintendo’s home consoles from 1997 to 2019 (in millions)  – Statista, Nintendo, 2019

Cumulative lifetime unit sales of Nintendo’s latest video game consoles March 2018 – Statista, Nintendo, 2019

Nintendo’s net sales from fiscal 2008 to 2019 (in million U.S. Dollars) – Statista, Nintendo, 2019

Nintendo’s revenue from fiscal 2014 to 2019, by region (in million Japanese yen)  – Statista, Nintendo, 2019

Top selling Nintendo DS game titles worldwide as of March 2019 (in million units)  – Statista, Nintendo, 2019

Top selling Nintendo Wii game titles worldwide as of March 2019 (in million units)  – Statista, Nintendo, 2019 

Top selling Nintendo 3DS game titles worldwide as of March 2019 (in million units) – Statista, Nintendo, 2019

Top selling Nintendo Switch game titles worldwide as of March 2019 (in million units)  – Statista, Nintendo, 2019

Nintendo 3DS hardware sales worldwide from fiscal year 2011 to 2018 (in million units)  – Statista, Nintendo, 2019

Nintendo’s Greatest Hits (and Misses)  – Statista, Nintendo, Media reports, 2019

Best selling console games in Japan in 2018, by unit sales (in million units)  – Statista, Famitsu, 2019

Nintendo Switch purchaser age and gender distribution- 2017  – GamesIndustry.biz, PlayerPulse, 2019

Mobile Gaming

Mobile gaming revenue worldwide in 2016 and 2023, by operating system (in million U.S. dollars)  – Statista, SuperData, 2019

Distribution of worldwide mobile application revenues in 2017, by channel  – Statista, AdColony, 2019

Top grossing iPhone mobile gaming apps in the U.S. as of May 2019, ranked by daily revenue  – AppAnnie, 2019

Most popular Apple App Store categories in May 2019, by share of available apps  – Statista, PocketGamer.biz, 2019

Mobile is the highest growth segment of the gaming industry- revenues in U.S. dollar billions 2017-2021  – Medium, Newzoo, 2018

Consumer Spend in Games in Select Countries- Two Year Growth  – AppAnnie, 2019

Top Games by Download  – AppAnnie, 2019

Mobile Gaming revenue worldwide in 2016-2023, by genre (in million U.S. dollars)  – Statista, SuperData Research, 2019

Worldwide Gross Mobile Game Revenue- Q1 2019  – SensorTower, 2019

Global Player Spending in Top Mobile Battle Royale Titles- May 2019   – SensorTower, 2019

PUBG Mobile Worldwide Monthly Player Spending  – SensorTower, 2019

Zynga’s Mobile Platform Revenues Comparing to Its Peers Forbes, dashboard.trefis.com, 2019

Unlike its Peers, Zynga Derives Most of Its Revenues from the Mobile Platform -dashboard.trefis.com, 2019

Top 10 Richest Mobile Game Companies – Fraghero, 2019

Annual revenue generated by Rovio Entertainment’s games divisions, developer of Angry Birds – Statista, Rovio, 2019

Most mobile gamers play late at night – VentureBeat, Pew Research Center, 2018

Leading mobile app publishers in the United States as of March 2019, by share of total app time spent – Statista, Verto Analytics, 2019

Most popular mobile gaming related apps in the United States as of March 2019, by monthly users (in millions) – Statista, Verto Analytics, 2019

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

Share of Americans familiar with VR and perceived barriers to adoption  – Statista, YouGov, 2019

VR Purchase Intent  – Business Insider Intelligence, 2016

VR Inhibitors  – The Verge, Oculus, HTC, Valve, Sony, Google, Microsoft, Nintendo, 2019

Worldwide VR & AR Headset shipments  – Statista, IDC, 2019

Worldwide VR & AR revenue  – Statista, Digi-Capital, 2019

Worldwide unit shipments of AR and VR headsets in 2017 (in thousands)  – Statista, TrendForce, 2019

Unit shipments of virtual reality (VR) devices worldwide from 2017 to 2019 (in millions), by vendor  – Statista, TrendForce, 2019

US Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Users 2017-2021 in millions  – eMarketer charts, 2019

Virtual reality and augmented reality (VR and AR) devices average session time in the United States as of 2018 (in minutes)  – Statista, Technalysis Research; Statista estimates, 2019

Share of virtual reality and augmented reality (VR and AR) users in the United States as of 2018, by type of device  – Statista, Technalysis Research; Statista estimates, 2019

Virtual reality and augmented reality (VR and AR) devices user satisfaction rate in the United States as of 2018   – Statista, Technalysis Research; Statista estimates, 2019

Evolution of Augmented Reality –  Sciforce, 2019

Market Predictions of AR  – Sciforce, 2019

Smart augmented reality glasses unit shipments worldwide from 2016 to 2022 (in thousands)  – Statista, Tractica, 2019

Forecast user base of the augmented and virtual reality software  – Statista, Goldman Sachs, 2019

Gamers’ usage frequency of virtual reality and augmented reality devices in the United States as of 2018  – Statista, Technalysis Research; Statista estimates, 2019

Interest in virtual reality (VR) technology in Europe in 2016, by gamer type  – Statista, gamesindustry.biz; Ipsos, 2019

Virtual reality input systems unit sales worldwide from 2015 to 2018 (in million)  – Statista, KZero, 2019

Virtual reality input systems revenue worldwide from 2015 to 2018 (in million U.S. dollars) – Statista, KZero, 2019

Share of virtual reality users worldwide by type of device in 2016  – Statista, SuperData Research, 2019

Gamer Demographics

Percentage of devices played in households  – VentureBeat, The NPD Group, 2015

Distribution of computer and video gamers in the U.S. from 2006 to 2019  – Statista, Entertainment Software Association, 2019

The most common devices used for video game play among adult gamers  – Limelight Networks, 2019

Gamers play throughout the day  – Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Who are the most frequent gamers playing with?  – Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Social & Lifestyle – Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Average gamers by age group –  Entertainment Software Association, 2019

The average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 36. – Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Percentage of female gamers around the world  – Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Percentage of gamers who belong to the LGBT+ community in the U.S.  – EnGadget, Gaymer Survey, 2008

Share of players who experienced harassment in selected prominent video games- April 2019 –  Statista, ADL’s Center on Technology and Society, 2019

Percentage of US teens ethnicity who play video games  – Statista, SuperData Research, 2019

Percentage of video game adult gamers in selected countries – August 2019  – Statista Global Consumer Survey, 2019

Millennial Gamers (18-34)  – Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Gen X Gamers (35-54)  – Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Baby boomer Gamers (55-64) -Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Families and Video Games –  Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Share of parents/teens who have witnessed/experienced the following on Fortnite   – Statista, Common Sense Media, 2019

Most gamers feel computer and video games provide more value for their money  – Entertainment Software Association, 2019

Monthly Spending – Full Game vs. In game content  – SuperData Research, 2018

Most popular in-game purchases by subscribers  – SuperData Research, 2018

The average Time spent playing games and leisure per Capita on Weekdays and Weekends/Holidays of individuals in the U.S., in Minutes and by Age group (2016)  – Statista, Common Sense Media, 2019

Marketing & Influence

Most played games on Steam in 2018, by peak number of concurrent players (in 1,000s)Statista, Steam, GitHyp, 2019

Number of peak concurrent players of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Steam worldwide from April 2017 to April 2019 (in 1,000s)  – Statista, Steam Charts, 2019

Number of peak concurrent Steam users from November 2012 to October 2018 (in millions) -Statista, Steam, 2019

Number of peak concurrent players of DOTA 2 on Steam worldwide as of June 2019 (in 1,000s)  – Statista, GitHyp, 2019

Top Publishers Watched in Q1’19  – Streamlabs, Newzoo, 2019

10 Top Gaming Influencers to follow in 2019 -Mediakix, Twitch, Youtube, Caffeine.tv, 2019

10 Top Female Gamers on Youtube in  August 2019  – Wondershare, Twitch, Youtube, 2019

Hours Watched by Platform in Q1 ’19  – Streamlabs, Newzoo, 2019

Hours Streamed by Platform in Q1 ’19  –  Streamlabs, Newzoo, 2019

Average Viewer Per Live Stream in Q1 ’19  – Streamlabs, Newzoo, 2019

Unique Channels By Platform in Q1 ’19  – Streamlabs, Newzoo, 2019

eSports market revenue worldwide from 2012 to 2022  – Statista, Newzoo, Yahoo, 2019

eSports audience size worldwide from 2012 to 2022, by type of viewers  – Newzoo, 2019

Leading eSports tournaments worldwide as of March 2019, ranked by overall prize pool  – Statista, e-Sports Earnings, 2019

In the US, eSports will have more viewers than every professional sports league but the NFL in 2021  – Statista, eSports Marketing Blog, 2019

Number of unique viewers of selected eSports tournaments worldwide as of January  – MBA @ Syracuse, Syracuse University, 2018

Global Esports Audience in millions  – Business Insider Intelligence, 2018

Esports market global revenue in U.S dollars  – Statista, Newzoo, Yahoo, 2019

2019 eSports Revenue Streams – Global, including Year-on-Year Growth  – Newzoo, 2019

Asia-Pacific will account for 57% of Esports Enthusiasts in 2019 Influencer  – MarketingHub, Newzoo, 2019

The Richest Pro Gamers in the World (2018)  – XE.com, 2018

The Worldwide eSports Market Revenue in Million U.S. Dollars by segment (2017)  – Statista, Newzoo, 2019

The Selected Industries in the U.S. and their Estimated Number of eSports Sponsorships (2017)  – Statista, Newzoo, 2019

The Worldwide Market Revenue of Gaming Video Content in million U.S. dollars by segment (2017)  – Statista, SuperData Research, 2019

Number of players of selected eSports games worldwide as of August 2017 (in million)  – Statista, SuperData Research, 2019

Television advertising spending of selected gaming companies in the United States in April 2019 (in million U.S. dollars)  – Statista, iSpot.tv; VentureBeat, 2019

Winner’s prize money in selected individual sporting events in 2019  – Statista,Event organizers, 2019

Twitch

Total hours spent watching Twitch  – Twitch Tracker, 2019

Twitch viewers and channels by month   – Twitch Tracker, 2019

10 Top  Gamers on Twitch in August 2019  – The Esports Observer, 2019

The 10 Richest Twitch Streamers in 2019  – MoneyInc, Twitch, 2019

Concurrent Twitch viewers aggregated by month  – Twitch Tracker, 2019

Top Games on Twitch – Average Viewers –  Twitch Tracker, 2019

Top Games on Twitch – Average Channels –  Twitch Tracker, 2019

Most Watched Games on Twitch (2018) –  Newzoo

Most Watched Games on Youtube Gaming (2018)  – Newzoo

Top Languages used on Twitch  – Twitch Tracker

Concurrent Viewers by Platform  – Streamlabs, Newzoo

Fortnite Hours Watched on Twitch  – Twitch Tracker

Percentage of all videos posted on popular Youtube Channels, by subject  – Statista, Pew Research Center

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