This chart shows why everything you believe about video gamers is wrong

The classic stereotype for a video game player is a young male somewhere in his teens or 20s. But according to new data from PEW Research, gamers in the US are actually a much more diverse group. As we can see in this chart from Statista, women are not far off from being evenly represented, with 19% saying they play often. While gamers are a generally younger group, a surprising 15% of adults 50-64 years of age are playing often. The survey accounts for games played on a computer, TV, game console or portable device.

Video games have risen in popularity over the past decade as consoles and games become more advanced. According to Statista, the US video game market is currently valued at $US18.4 billion, and in 2016 US consumers spent $US30.4 billion total on gaming hardware and software. Esports has also taken off, and are estimated to reach an audience of 385 million in 2017 and 589 million by 2020.

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