How Many People Play Video Games?

As technology evolves, making video games more available than ever, its not surprising that more and more people turn to this fun activity. The great thing about video games is that there are tons of different genres, so theres something for everyones taste.

So, how many players are there in the world? Lets find out!

How Many People Play Video Games?

Recent global statistics suggest that over 3.2 billion people played video games in 2021. Asia recorded the largest number of video game players (1.48 billion) and was followed by Europe (715.8 million), Latin America (419.6 million), and North America (284.9 million).

(Source: Statista)

More Stats About Video Games

Read on to find out more random video game facts concerning video game sales, number of players, etc.

There were 226.6 million video game players in the US in 2021.

(Source: Variety)

Video game statistics show that the number of US video game players has been increasing. The most significant growth (by 30%) occurred in 2020, when the number of video game players grew to 214.4 million from 164 million in 2019. An increase of another 6% followed in 2021.

Call of Duty: Vanguard was the most sold game in December 2021.

(Source: Statista)

Halo: Infinite ranked second, while Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl ended up third on the list.

Call of Duty: Warzone was played by over 100 million players by April 2021.

(Source: GGRECON)

This isnt surprising since this game attracted 30 million players just ten days after the release, and after a month, the figure reached a whopping 50 million.

Fortnite counts between 6 and 12 million players on average.

(Source: GGRECON)

The number of players of Fortnite, the game with the biggest Discord server ever, grows even higher during live events.

Minecraft is the most played game in the world.

(Source: HP)

A quick look at video games sales figures from 2021 makes it clear why this game won the title of the most played game of all time. It has sold over 238 million times since its release. Grand Theft Auto V and Tetris by EA follow it with 160 million and 100 million, respectively.

Over 90% of games rated E10+ or higher contain violence.

(Source: Healthline)

Some studies showed that playing violent games (e.g., Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, etc.) may promote aggression and hostility in players, desensitize them to violence, and distort their perception of violence.

There’s no link between video games and ADHD.

(Source: Child Mind Institute)

Research shows no evidence that video games cause or worsen attention issues in players.

Still, children with ADHD tend to be most drawn to video games, as theyre usually fast-paced, constantly shift focus, require short bursts of attention, and provide instant gratification.

Wrapping Up

Gaming has clearly become a favorite pastime of many over time. Judging by the sales figures, availability, the speed of technological advancements, and the growing interest in gaming, the number of video game players is bound to grow further.

So, find a game you enjoy and play away!


Ema is an ESL teacher (who is highly curious about technology in education) and a content writer. She enjoys writing on all sorts of subjects and she loves a good challenge. When she’s not working, you can find her reading a mystery thriller or watching “Shutter Island” for the umpteenth time.

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