US Gaming Market Size

Report on Industry Size & Market Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers US Gaming Market Share & Industry Trends and it is Segmented by Type (Mobile Gaming, Console Gaming, and PC Browser/Downloaded). The market size and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

US Gaming Market Size

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United States Gaming Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 57.91 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 90.79 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 9.41 %
Market Concentration Medium

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United States Gaming Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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US Gaming Market Analysis

The United States Gaming Market size is estimated at USD 57.91 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 90.79 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 9.41% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The increased adoption of video streaming apps on mobile devices and televisions to watch movies, TV shows, and live events on-demand, has driven the demand for the gaming industry in the country. Moreover, many consumers want to play the latest games without requiring a new PC or a console. This has aided the development of newer formats as well.

  • According to a study by the ESA, last year, more than 227 million players in the United States region played video games. In total, 80% of the players are over 18 years old. Furthermore, 76% of American kids under 18 years are players. In addition, 74% of American households have at least one video game player. Also, during the pandemic, 71% of parents agree that video games have been a much-needed break for their children. Also, 66% of parents agree that video games made the transition to distance learning more accessible.
  • Further, 57% of the players used smartphones, 46% consoles, and 42% personal computers for playing video games. Also, 29% spent 1 to 3 hours per week, 77% spent more than 3 hours a week, and 51% spent more than 7+ hours playing video games in the country last year.
  • Some key vendors, like Microsoft, which generates the largest revenue share in the United States, are focusing on leveraging the growing video game consumption in the country by launching new products. In November 2020, Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S with live and virtual global activations. The games developed for the new consoles showcase visuals at 120 FPS. The consoles are equipped with 12 teraflops of processing power with AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures.
  • In addition, some of the prominent foreign players are expanding their presence in the United States to leverage the growth in the gaming market. For instance, the Chinese gaming company, Tencent Holdings, launched a new studio in California last year. The company built the new studio to focus on publishing AAA titles. The company generates half of its gaming revenues from overseas.
  • Some of the major US-based video game companies are focusing on mobile gaming to improve their positions in the market. Last February, Electronic Arts Inc. acquired the US-based developer of mobile games, Glu Mobile, for USD 2.1 billion. The acquisition doubled Electronic Arts' mobile business.
  • Also, due to the enforced lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been staying at home and turning toward gaming platforms to pass their time. These platforms have been attracting more than hundreds and thousands of new visitors in online traffic.
  • Video gaming trends experienced a significant surge in players and revenue last year. Organizations such as Microsoft, Nintendo, Twitch, and Activision, have reached new heights in player investment. Further, last year, Microsoft reported that subscribers to Xbox Game Pass, a Netflix-like subscription service, topped 10 million. Among those subscribers, Microsoft reported a 130-percent increase in multiplayer engagement across March and April.

US Gaming Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the US Gaming Market according to our research experts:

Mobile Gaming Segment Expected to Dominate the Market

  • Mobile gaming is the most favored form of gaming in the United States, overtaking both console and PC gaming. Moreover, the increasing demand for mobile games results from various technological advancements and improvements such as AR, VR, cloud gaming, and 5G. This trend is not unexpected, considering the mobile game industry mainly relies on new technology. Other trends in the market include the rise of the hyper-casual game genre.
  • AR is being utilized in mobile gaming owing to its immersive and interactive technology. Moreover, mobile games are the most famous AR category in app stores. Apart from previously released AR mobile games, which are still famous, such as Pokémon Go and Ingress, many new additions to the genre are being made by vendors in the market, such as Minecraft Earth and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
  • The development of cloud gaming is an emerging technology across the United States gaming industry, which allows the user to stream advanced games across hand-held devices, especially mobiles, with fast network connectivity, thereby eradicating the requirement of regular hardware upgrades or gaming console/PC/laptops.
  • The release of high-speed 5G and unlimited data plans is also expected to be a critical factor toward the success of cloud gaming in the country, as most gamers prefer games on their smartphones. The increasing services, development, and investment in 5G infrastructure are essential toward this success. Moreover, mobile games are growing faster than PC online games, primarily due to free-to-play options. The advent of cloud-based mobile gaming is set to drive this growth even further.
  • In November 2021, Netflix started rolling out its mobile video games to Android users where the subscribers have the option of playing five different games on the app, including "Stranger Things: 1984," "Stranger Things 3: The Game," "Shooting Hoops," "Card Blast," and "Teeter Up." The company announced that the games would first launch for Android phones and later be available on Apple's iOS.
  • Cloud gaming is also expanding across this sector due to the dominance of low and mid-level smartphones globally. For instance, in June 2021, California-based Now.gg, operating under the umbrella of Bluestacks, an Android-PC gaming firm, launched a mobile cloud platform for game developers targeting low-end and mid-level smartphone users to access high-performance games without lag or loss of resolution.
United States Gaming Market - Number of internet users, in the United States, 2010 - 2022

Growing Cloud Gaming subscriptions

  • The gaming market in the United States saw an unprecedented growth in the recent years due to increased mobile penetrations and availability of new consoles in the market. The United States is one the largest markets for gaming industry and the country has the biggest library of games available to it citizens. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic increased the need for people to engage themselves in immersive experiences while staying at home. In addition, affordable VR equipment and 5G implementation allowed many users in the country to engage in mobile gaming.
  • Cloud gaming services are leveraging hyper-scale cloud capabilities, global content delivery networks, and streaming media services to build the next generation of platforms for interactive, immersive, and social entertainment. The proliferation of edge data centers in the country also facilitates the accelerated growth of mobile gaming in the United States.
  • The steady incline in 5G mobile networks in the country is expected to drive the surge in the adoption of mobile gaming as performance constraints associated with low wireless bandwidth and high latency will decrease. In August 2020, the White House and Defense Department announced a plan to accelerate 5G adoption by making more spectrum available to the telecoms, earlier used for high-power defense radar. The efforts by the government to speed up the rollout of 5G in the country also helps in reducing the latency lag, thus, providing a smooth gaming experience.
  • Moreover, telecoms are working to determine how well their networks support the requirements of shifting potentially billions of gamers onto streaming services. All three major operators in the United States, i.e., AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and T-Mobile, have begun working with cloud gaming companies, such as PlayGiga, Hatch, and Microsoft Xbox Game Pass, to test and develop services, including bundling deals that offer mobile data packages alongside subscriptions.
United States Gaming Market - Average annual expenditure on video games per consumer unit, by Type, in the United States 2010 - 2020

US Gaming Industry Overview

The United States Gaming Market is fragmented and has some major players who have adopted various growth strategies, such as mergers and acquisitions, new product launches, expansions, joint ventures, partnerships, and others, to strengthen their position in this market. The major players in the market are Activision Blizzard Inc., Electronic Arts Inc., Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., Zynga Inc., and Microsoft Corporation, among others.

  • July 2022: Codemasters and Electronic Arts Inc. launched EA SPORTS F122, the official game of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship, for PlayStation5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin Steam.
  • May 2022: Take-Two Interactive Software announced the completion of its combination with Zynga Inc. Under the merger agreement's terms, Zynga stockholders received USD 3.50 in cash and 0.0406 shares of Take-Two common stock per share of Zynga common stock.

US Gaming Market Leaders

  1. Activision Blizzard, Inc.

  2. Electronic Arts Inc.​

  3. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.​

  4. Zynga Inc.

  5. Microsoft Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

United States Gaming Market Concentration
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US Gaming Market News

  • May 2022: Electronic Arts has partnered with Middle-earth Enterprises, a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, to develop a new free-to-play mobile game. The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth is a Collectible Role-Playing Game (RPG) that brings the fantasy and adventure of The Lord of the Rings to existing fans and new audiences alike in a strategic, social-competitive experience.
  • April 2022: Activision Blizzard, Inc. announced that its stockholders approved Microsoft Corporation's proposal to acquire the company. In January 2022, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for USD 95.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The proposed transaction is expected to close in Microsoft's fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.

US Gaming Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Ecosystem Analysis

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on United States Gaming Market

    5. 4.5 Gaming Base Indicator Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Current State of Internet Penetration in United States

      2. 4.5.2 Smartphone and Console Penetration In United States

      3. 4.5.3 Mobile Gamers Population By Age and Gender

      4. 4.5.4 United States Mobile Gamer Demographics And Usage Statistics

    6. 4.6 United States Game publishers vs. International

    7. 4.7 Top 10 Games And their Publishers?

    8. 4.8 Social media usage in the United States (Overview, Leading Platforms, Usage trends, Impact of COVID-19)

    9. 4.9 United States Game Developer Statistics (industry overview, Demographics, Job market statistics etc.)

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growing Cloud Gaming subscriptions

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing trend fpr PVP format

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Huge capital investments in R&D

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 Types

      1. 6.1.1 Mobile Gaming (Market Overview, Key Monetization and Promotion Methods etc.)

      2. 6.1.2 Console Gaming

      3. 6.1.3 PC Browser/Downloaded

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Activision Blizzard Inc.

      2. 7.1.2 Electronic Arts Inc.

      3. 7.1.3 Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

      4. 7.1.4 Zynga Inc.

      5. 7.1.5 Microsoft Corporation

      6. 7.1.6 Nintendo Co. Ltd

      7. 7.1.7 Ubisoft Entertainment SA

      8. 7.1.8 Sony Corporation

      9. 7.1.9 BioWare

      10. 7.1.10 Valve Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS?

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US Gaming Industry Segmentation

As per the scope of the report, gaming is defined as playing electronic games through a variety of means, such as computers, mobile phones, consoles, or other mediums altogether. There is an increasing prevalence of high-speed internet connections, especially in emerging economies, which has made online gaming practical for more people in recent years.

The gaming market estimates indicate the revenues accrued from physical(boxed games) and digital games(browsers, websites, and social networks), in-app spending(microtransactions), and subscription services (ad-based revenues are not included). The study is structured to provide an in-depth understanding of different modes of gaming, such as consoles, mobile games, and browser PC/downloaded games.
The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Types
Mobile Gaming (Market Overview, Key Monetization and Promotion Methods etc.)
Console Gaming
PC Browser/Downloaded
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US Gaming Market Research FAQs

The United States Gaming Market size is expected to reach USD 57.91 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 9.41% to reach USD 90.79 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the United States Gaming Market size is expected to reach USD 57.91 billion.

Activision Blizzard, Inc., Electronic Arts Inc.​, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.​, Zynga Inc. and Microsoft Corporation are the major companies operating in the United States Gaming Market.

In 2023, the United States Gaming Market size was estimated at USD 52.93 billion. The report covers the United States Gaming Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the United States Gaming Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

US Gaming Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 US Gaming market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. US Gaming analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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US Gaming Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)