The Shifting Demographics of Australian Gamers

October 11, 2011 -

The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association has released a new report this morning that provides some interesting demographics on just who is playing video games in Australia. The Digital Australia 2012 report found that nine out of ten Australian households own some sort of device for playing games, and nearly one in five gamers play social network games. In households that play computer or video games, 43 percent said that they use a mobile phone and 13 percent use a tablet computer device to play games. Another 13 percent play video games on a handheld device.

Dr. Jeff Brand, Associate Professor at Bond University and author of the report, noted that the growing use of mobile devices such as smartphones or tablet computers to play games has created a pattern of "snack gaming" in Australia. No, he's not talking about video games causing gamers to eat more:

"The average Australian gamer is 32 years old and we’ve moved well away from the traditional teenage boy stereotype of a gamer," he said. "Australian gamers are parents and grandparents ‘snacking’ on games when they’re commuting to work on the bus or train, or while they’re filling in that little bit of time between meetings."

"Research shows people who play video games on a mobile or tablet computer are trying to pass time and the majority play games between 30 minutes to an hour at a time every other day, instead of playing long periods of time every day," Brand added.

The research also found that 43 percent of Australians buy games traditionally from a local retailer while 22 percent buy games new from a download store (such as PlayStation Network or Xbox Live) and 14 percent buy games from an online store. Around 47 percent of gamers are females - a steady increase since 2005, the average adult gamer has been playing games an average of 12 years, 75 percent of gamers are 18 years or older, 44 percent of households that play computer and video games also own a portable music device compared to only 3 percent of households that don't.

But the most interesting tidbit to come out of the study is how many older gamers there are in Australia.

"Four in five parents are playing video games with their children and most believe it’s a great way to educate and spend time with their children," says Ron Curry, CEO of Interactive Games & Entertainment Australia. "Australian gamers are growing up and 43 percent of people aged over 50 now play video games."

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Craig R.Btw, the guy who swatted security expert Brian Krebs? He got picked up recently. It can be done.09/20/2014 - 8:55pm
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Sleaker@Technogeek - How do you call someone out that anonymously calls in a SWAT team, or sends threats to people?09/20/2014 - 7:04pm
Technogeek"It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so." I'd say you're certainly obligated to call them out when you see it happening.09/20/2014 - 5:17pm
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SleakerJust to re-iterate: People getting harassed is wrong. Just because someone is harassed by so called 'gamers' doesn't mean that all gamers are bad. nor does it mean that you need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers.09/20/2014 - 4:56pm
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james_fudgeno worries09/20/2014 - 4:15pm
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Craig R.tldr: I'm a gamer, and imo those who support GamerGate should feel free to take a flying leap off a cliff.09/20/2014 - 1:27pm
Craig R.Not only that, I'm pretty sure that if actual studies were done, you'd still deny them, Sleaker. After all, it's not what you'd want to hear to support your rose-colored view of GamerGate.09/20/2014 - 1:18pm
Craig R.There IS an issue. Nor do we need a study to show that if you deny it then you're part of the problem.09/20/2014 - 1:17pm
Sleakersimply oust people that do harass others.09/20/2014 - 11:34am
Sleaker@Conster - I can say the same thing if you think there's been more than a handful. Until there's an actual study on rates no one can claim to know how widespread the incidence of harassment is. Thus the best we can do is 'there might be an issue' and...09/20/2014 - 11:33am
 

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