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How many women play video games?

Post by reboot on Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:06 am

Old stats, but according to Bloomberg, 61% of mobile gamers and 48% of PC/Console gamers are women: http://mobile.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-07/video-games-cant-afford-to-ignore-women

I had always thought the 48% figure was for all games, including mobile.
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Re: How many women play video games?

Post by UristMcBunny on Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:34 am

The Bloomberg figures don't surprise me, much, except that they're a little lower than I anticipated.  Most women I know play at least some games - even my parents and grandparents have consoles.  Gaming hasn't been a niche activity for a long time.

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Re: How many women play video games?

Post by Mel on Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:52 am

UristMcBunny wrote:The Bloomberg figures don't surprise me, much, except that they're a little lower than I anticipated.  Most women I know play at least some games - even my parents and grandparents have consoles.  Gaming hasn't been a niche activity for a long time.

Technically those stats don't preclude most women playing games--that's the percentage of total gamers (in relation to guy gamers), not the percentage of women who game. Based on these numbers, for every 52 guys who play PC/console games, there are 48 women who do (which means, given that I think the majority of guys play at least some games, so do an only slightly smaller majority of women), and there are actually significantly more women who play mobile games than there are guys (61 women for every 39 guys). Smile
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Re: How many women play video games?

Post by reboot on Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:01 am

Exactly, Mel. Out of 100 American PC/console gamers, 48 are women (+/- a % for confidence interval).
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Re: How many women play video games?

Post by kleenestar on Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:54 am

Yup. The Pew Foundation has overall numbers for the US, of which the only one I have at my fingertips is that 96% of teens play games. The numbers do go down as people get older, with a big dip around when people are having kids, but it's still large percentages!
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