Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here! 


That is according to Entertainment Software Association. And the average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 41 years old.

Here's additional analysis from CNN:

At the beginning of the 21st century, the average gamer was pushing 30 — mid-to-late 20s, to be exact. They weren't playing as often as they did in their adolescence, but in between entry-level jobs, earnest slacking and higher education, there was still ample time to game.

Fast forward to today, and the average gamer is 37, according to the Entertainment Software Association. The average age of the most frequent game buyer is 41 — nearing Just for Men-type levels. They're raising kids. In the middle of a career. Worried about retirement.

If true, is this normal? Remember when our parents told us that games were just for kids? I bet the recession and currently high unemployment rate had a lot to do with median age increase.

GamesBeat

GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:
  • Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
  • The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Special members-only interviews, chats, and "open office" events with GamesBeat staff
  • Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
  • And maybe even a fun prize or two
  • Introductions to like-minded parties
Become a member