Computer gaming has become an increasingly popular hobby in recent years. According to a survey by Pew Research, only 38 percent of respondents in the United States claimed to never play any video games. On the other hand, more than 40 percent of Americans play games at least sometimes. People in different countries around the world spend up to 15 percent of their free time playing video games.
Among the selected countries, China clearly leads the pack in gaming. On average, people in China spend 15 percent of their free time playing video games. The U.S. falls in the middle, with people here only spending 11 percent of their free time on games. Germany came last in this list with only 8 percent. Surprisingly, Germany has many game development studios located in the country — more than any other continental European country.
The total amount consumers spent on gaming in the U.S. reached $43.4 billion in 2018. This was a 20 percent increase compared to the previous year, and it came largely from spending in the content category. Spending on the other two categories — hardware and accessories — has remained relatively stable over the past five years.
Peoples’ favorite video game device seems to be the smartphone — over 60 percent of respondents reported using their phones to play games. The PC came in second place, with 52 percent of respondents using their personal computers for gaming. Dedicated game consoles scored slightly lower, at 49 percent.
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Alexander Fishkov, Ph.D. student Computer Science
Alexander is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. He currently holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Math. He has experience working for industry major companies performing research in the fields of machine learning, data mining and natural language processing. In his free time, Alexander enjoys hiking, Nordic skiing and traveling.