The number of gamers around the globe will top 3 billion by 2023, according to market researcher Newzoo. 39% of all humans are expecting be playing games. According to Newzoo there are already 2,69 billion players thanks to mobile devices.
Demographic change is driving this trend, as most young folks play games. New players are born every day, and those who aren’t playing are becoming a smaller part of the overall pie. The game market is expected to generate USD 159,3 billion in 2020 and exceed USD 200 billion by 2023.
Growing online population due to improved (mobile) internet infrastructure, affordable (smart) phones, and a growing middle class are key drivers for player growth. In 2019, for example, the number of players in the Middle East and Africa outpaced the number in North America. In 2022, the Middle East and Africa will have surpassed even Europe’s player numbers.
The global number of players is expected to grow by 5,3% in 2020, predominantly driven by the regions with the most emerging markets.