The Number Of Older Gamers Is Rapidly Growing

Though video games have been around for a while now, some still associate the medium with children’s entertainment only. However, new data from the NPD group suggests that the number of middle-aged gamers has increased rapidly in recent years.

The above data shows the number of US video game players aged 45+ that played games in 2018, 2020, and 2022–the numbers are 64.9 million, 82.9 million, and 87.0 million respectively. That jump from 2018 to 2020 is about a 28% increase, whereas the gap from 2020 to 2022 is roughly a 5% increase.

We already know that the pandemic triggered a large surge of interest in video gaming, especially in the early lockdown months of 2020. It even led to certain games selling far more than expected, like Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, though the easing of pandemic restrictions has brought a slight slowdown in video game spending, it’s nice to see that the number of older gamers is still going up.

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Author: Steven T. Wright