People seem to be spending more and more time playing online games. But how much time exactly do Americans spend gambling on the Internet?
How much time do people spend playing online games in the United States?
According to a 2021 survey published by Statista, 7.6% of online gamers in the United States play video games for less than an hour per week. At the top of the spectrum, only 9.8% of Americans play online games more than twenty hours a week. However, a study published by Limelight Networks in 2021 found the numbers to be higher, with 12.8% of Americans spending less than an hour a week playing online games and 11.6% playing more than twenty hours. per week. The report is based on responses from 4,500 adults in nine countries who play video games at least once a week. The Limelight Networks report also states:
- 19.8% of Americans spend one to two hours a week playing video games online.
- 14.6% spend two to four hours a week.
- 18.6% spend four to seven hours a week.
- 11.2% spend seven to twelve hours a week.
- 11.4% spend twelve to twenty hours a week.
Additionally, neither report takes into account the time Americans spend playing online casino games like live roulette and blackjack. Such statistics are hard to come by, but we do know that the US online gambling market was valued at $1,978 million in 2020, according to a report titled United States Online Gambling Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts, published by ReportLinker, Americans must therefore spend a lot of time playing fun table and slot games as well as online video games.
Do Americans spend more or less time playing online games compared to other countries?
Let’s use the Limelight Networks report to see how the United States compares to other countries when it comes to time spent playing video games online. Of the nine countries that took part in the Limelight Networks survey, Americans spend the second most time playing online games each week. Other countries included in the survey were: Germany, France, Italy, UK, India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. The report shows that the average number of hours spent playing online games each week in the United States is 7.61%. The average figures for the other countries are as follows:
- The United Kingdom: 6.67%
- South Korea: 6.69%
- Italy: 6.79%
- Japan: 6.88%
- India: 6.92%
- France: 6.96%
- Singapore: 7.44%
- Germany: 7.98%
Aspiring pro gamers around the world spend the most time gaming
Looking at the global figures from the Limelight Networks report, it’s clear that, unsurprisingly, aspiring professional gamers spend the most time playing video games online. Nearly a quarter of aspiring professionals, or 24.4%, play more than twenty hours of online games each week. In contrast, those who consider themselves novices spend less than four hours a week; and a third of them play less than an hour. South Korea has the most aspiring professionals, with 9.8% of respondents. In the United States, the figure is only 2.0%.
Other interesting global statistics from the Limelight Networks report include:
- Players play an average of 1h22 in a row.
- Playing time has increased by 19.3% in the space of a year.
- The most popular types of online video games are casual single-player games.
- 36% of gamers surveyed said they would quit their job if they could support themselves as professional gamers.
- Over a third of respondents said they had missed a meal because they were engrossed in the games!