Report: Digital Gamers May Soon Outnumber Core Gamers


Posted June 28, 2011 - By Nikole Zivalich


Digital gamers are closing in core gamers, in terms of time spent gaming. The report comes from leading market research company The NPD Group. Digital gamers are mostly casual gamers who play games on social sites and on their phones. Core gamers are hardcore gamers who play on consoles and the PC. If you're a core gamer who is feeling threatened right now, you can be at ease knowing the hardcore are still on top with 18 hours of gaming per week. Digital gamers are catching up though, clocking in at 16 hours a week. That's a lot of harvesting.

Core gamers have lost ground when it comes to acquiring games. In the past three months, the average core gamer has bought 5.4 games but digital gamers acquired 5.6 games. It should be noted that a console/PC game can set you back $60 whereas a digital game or iPhone game may only cost you $0.99.

Core gamers represent 23% of gamers. Family/Kid gamers make up 22% and PC gamers take up 15% of the market. The remaining gamers are considered digital or mobile gamers.

Am I the only one who feels oddly threatened by the digital gamers' numbers? I'm a core gamer, I should spend significantly more hours playing than they do. This is why I'm calling you, my fellow hardcore gamers, to action. This weekend do not go outside, do not leave your couch. This weekend we raise the average number of hours played a week to 30. For the Horde!

Source: NPD 

Report: Digital Gamers May Soon Outnumber Core Gamers


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