Who Plays Video Games? More Girls Than You May Think

The average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 35

Girls are playing more video games than ever, according to the Entertainment Software Association.

Around 45% of all gamers are women, according to recent findings by the trade organization. Of those, 31% are over the age of 18.

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In its study, based on 2012 data, the ESA also found:

■ 58% of Americans play video games.

■ The average game player is 30 years old and has been playing games for 13 years.

■ The average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 35 years old.

■ 51% of U.S. households own a video game console like Sony’s PlayStation 3, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 or Nintendo’s Wii U. Most own two.

■ Gamers spent nearly $21 billion on games, hardware and accessories in 2012.

■ 36% of gamers play on their smartphone, while 25% play games on their wireless devices.

■ 91% of games in 2012 were rated “E” for Everyone or “T” for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

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