PopCap Games announced the results of the National Gamers Surveys which found more than half of all adults in the United Kingdom, France and Germany play games.
- Over 153 million men and women are estimated to play consoles, casual games, social network games and mobile games
- Gamers split their time between all types of devices – but spend more money on console games
- The United Kingdom has the highest ratio of gamers, with 68% of men and 59% of women playing games
- In Germany, 63% of men and 54% of women play games
- In France, 61% of men and 52% of women play games
- The French that spend the most money per player, spending an average of £22.3 per month
- Players in the United States spend an average of £17.5 each month
- In the United Kingdom players spend an average of £18.6 per player
- Germans spend £13.9 per month
- In Europe, games are most popular in the age group between 10 and 20-years-old, with 87% of 10 – 20-year-olds in in the U.K., 81% in France and 78% in Germany all playing games
- Behind the US, which spends £13.2bn per year on gaming, the biggest gaming economy is Germany (£4bn from 24m payers), followed by the United Kingdom (£3.6bn from 16.1m payers), and France (£2.8bn from 10.4m payers)
- European gamers spend more money towards gaming on console games than on casual, social or mobile gaming, with German gamers spending 34% of their gaming money (£4bn 2011 estimate) on console games compared to 8% on casual game sites, 4% on social networks and 8% on mobile games
- U.K. gamers spend 44% of their gaming money (£3.6bn) on console games compared to 11% on casual game sites, 6% on social networks and 10% on mobile games
- French gamers also spend 44% of their gaming money (£2.8bn) on console games compared to 10% on casual game sites, 6% on social networks and 10% on mobile games
The research was conducted by Newzoo in co-operation with Survey Sampling International Inc.