When people try to imagine an average PC gamer, they probably think of teenage boys, since that’s what we mostly see on TV. But is that really so?
We researched this topic to compile a list of the most important PC gamer demographics. Keep scrolling to learn more!
Top 10 Stats and Facts About PC Gamers
- The estimated number of PC gamers worldwide is 1.77 billion.
- Asia accounts for over a third of global PC gamers.
- A survey shows that 35% of Americans are PC gamers.
- The number of monthly PC gamers in the US may reach 98 million in 2021.
- More than half of PC gamers in 2020 were millennials.
- The average age of an American PC gamer is 38.
- In 2014, 49% of US gamers were female.
- An average PC gamer spends 7.5 hours a week playing video games.
- 90% of PC gamers own a gaming PC (rather than a regular one).
- PC gamers’ favorite game is Minecraft.
A Medley of Fascinating Demographic Data on PC Gamers
Although it appears there’s not a lot of info available on PC gamers exclusively, we did our best to present you with these 16 interesting stats and facts.
1. The estimated number of PC gamers worldwide is 1.77 billion.
The world has never been the same since the first electronic game was created in 1958. In fact, the number of PC gamers has been growing year after year, so we’re not surprised to see this mind-blowing stat.
The number is expected to keep rising in the upcoming years, potentially exceeding 1.85 bn in 2024.
2. Asia accounts for over a third of global PC gamers.
With an estimated 687 million PC gamers as of 2021, Asia is ranked first among all the continents. Second place belongs to Europe, with some 468.4 million PC gamers.
3. In 2020, Taiwan had the highest PC gaming reach, with 46% of the population playing games on PCs.
These are the results of a global survey from 2020.
China and the Philippines were in second and third place, with a 45% and 44% PC gaming reach, respectively.
4. A survey shows that 35% of Americans are PC gamers.
In this online survey, conducted by EEDAR (a specialty research firm for video games) in 2018, PC gaming includes any game played on a computer, which includes browser and social games.
We should note that the participants were 5,000 people from the US, so the actual numbers could be somewhat different considering the size of the US population.
It was discovered that among those 5,000 people, 67% were gamers, and within that group, 52% played on PCs. If you extrapolate the computer percentage against the total percentage, you get approx. 35%.
5. The number of monthly PC gamers in the US is projected to reach 98 million in 2021.
Although this is a slight decrease from the previous year, it still accounts for more than half of all digital gamers.
The number is also expected to decrease once the pandemic lets up, because casual gamers will probably use mobile devices to play, while more hardcore gamers will likely use consoles.
6. A survey on PC gamer demographics shows that PC gaming is slightly more popular than console gaming in the US.
The survey results show that 41% of the respondents play on a console as opposed to the 52% of active PC gamers that we previously mentioned.
As much as 90% play on their mobile phones. Finally, most of the participants (59%) play on both mobile and console or PC.
7. Most gamers prefer PC over console gaming because they can control hardware.
In 2014, EEDAR found a number of reasons why most gamers prefer PCs over consoles.
- Ability to control hardware
- Better graphics
- PC gaming is cheaper
- Friends network on PC
- Library of games
- Better multiplayer access
- Mod support
- PC exclusive games
- Multiple controller options
8. Most players make PC-game purchases digitally from online portals.
According to the same EEDAR study, these are the most frequent channels for PC-game purchases.
- Digitally from online portals (55%)
- Physical retailer (17%)
- Digital copies from a retailer (12%)
- Physical copy from a retailer (11%)
- Not purchasing PC games (5%)
9. More than half of PC gamers in 2020 were millennials.
Last year, it was estimated that 56% of active PC gamers were millennials (aged between 23 and 38), globally speaking.
Newzoo observed both PC and console gaming in the US, UK, Sweden, France, Germany, and Poland. Millennials accounted for almost half of the total number of gamers (42%). Gen Z (ages 16–22) accounted for 20%, Gen X (39–50) for 19%, and Gen Alpha (10–15) for 19%, as well.
10. A study from 2014 says the average age of an American PC gamer is 38.
The latest data we were able to find about PC gamers in the US are from seven years ago, coming from NPD Group, a global market research company.
The analysis involved 6,225 respondents, and 2,312 qualified as PC gamers. Although the youngest respondents were nine years old, the average age is much higher — 38.
11. The same NPD study indicates that 49% of US gamers that year were female.
This piece of information may surprise you, but according to the 2014 study mentioned, the number of female and male PC gamers was almost the same.
There are more recent data, but they cover all gaming platforms, not just the PC segment. According to those, American women in 2021 are almost as keen on video gaming as men (45% versus 55%).
12. 90% of PC gamers own a gaming PC (rather than a regular one).
This 2017 survey included 7,800 consumers from around the world, both gamers and non-gamers.
The tendency to own a gaming PC is especially pronounced among people who’ve been gaming for 24 years on average.
13. On average, each PC gamer has made 2 changes to their current PC to improve their gaming experience.
An average PC gamer tends to upgrade their PC with respect to the following features:
- Changed volume
- Changed CPU
- Sound mode or profile
- Touchpad sensitivity
- Keyboard behavior
- Priority access to their network
- Lighting effects
- CPU overclocking
- Fan speed
14. An average PC gamer spends 7.5 hours a week playing video games.
Another Lenovo survey shows that 28% of the participants play for more than 10 hours per week.
Moreover, 14% said they play as often as they like. Other participants’ main reasons for not playing more frequently are the following.
- Work (67%)
- Data/Computer access (56%)
- Family obligations (56%)
- Household responsibilities (45%)
Let us point out that enjoying video games is great as long as you’re careful about avoiding addictive behaviors, especially if you’re a teenager, as gaming addiction is very common among the youngest generations.
15. PC gamers’ favorite game is Minecraft.
Data obtained in August 2021 indicate that these are the 20 most popular games played by PC users, based on the number of monthly active users.
- League of Legends
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone
- Apex Legends
- Rocket League
- Genshin Impact
- Battlefield V
- Final Fantasy XIV Online
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
- Forza Horizon 4
- Dota 2
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Back 4 Blood
- Destiny 2
16. Hardcore PC gamers aren’t particularly interested in single-player or offline games.
Lenovo’s research on PC gaming behaviors suggests that people who have pursued PC gaming for ten years on average prefer to play online.
Moderate players (gaming for 15 years on average) enjoy playing team-based online games. They appear to prefer collaborative games instead of those considered competitive.
Gamers who’ve been playing for 16+ years on average are rarely into competitive online games, and they strongly prefer single-player games.
17. 45% of PC gamers watch videos of other users playing games.
Judging by this in-depth survey from 2018, the most popular destinations for watching game videos are:
- YouTube (63%)
- Twitch (44%)
- Ustream (IBM Cloud Video) (33%)
In fact, lots of PC gamers aspire to become professional game video creators themselves since many of the respondents share videos on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
What is the average age of a PC gamer?
As we noted earlier, the average age of a PC gamer in the USA is 38. When it comes to the rest of the world, it seems there’s no data specific to PC gaming.
What race are most PC gamers?
We weren’t able to find info on PC gamers’ ethnic distribution, only the race of US gamers (which also includes segments other than PC gaming).
According to these figures (from April 2015), 67% of video gamers in the US were Caucasian, 13% Hispanic, 12% African American, 5% Asian, and 3% other.
What percentage of PC gamers are female?
An NDP study from 2014 showed that 49% of US gamers were female.
However, as this only included 2,312 PC gamers, actual numbers could be somewhat different.
Why do gamers prefer playing on a PC?
There are many reasons why gamers prefer PCs over consoles, most notably the ability to control hardware, better graphics, and the fact that PC gaming is cheaper.
Scroll back to see other common reasons.
When do PC gamers typically play?
A survey showed that 69% of PC gamers like to play once the sun goes down (46% in the evening and 23% during nighttime).
These demographic data prove that many of the stereotypes about PC gamers need to be debunked.
Like any other industry, PC gaming is changing. For that reason, PC gamer demographics are also expected to change over time, and we can’t wait to see what new exciting discoveries will be made.