Worldwide Digital Gamers Forecast 2023

2.5 Billion Gamers Means Future Growth Will Be Slow

Digital gaming is already popular among internet users in every country we tracked in our debut forecast, making high growth rates hard to find. However, differences in internet access, smartphone usage, and demographics mean that countries often have very different levels of gaming participation as a percentage of their overall populations.

Key Question: How many people will be digital gamers worldwide, regionally, and in 13 major markets this year, and where will new gamers emerge?

KEY STAT: Digital gamer growth has slowed since the pandemic-driven boom of 2020, but 321 million new gamers will still come online between 2023 and 2027.

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  1. Executive Summary
  2. Billions of people around the world are digital gamers, but growth has slowed
  1. Most internet users are digital gamers
  2. Asia-Pacific is way out in front, but its individual markets have very different trend lines
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First Published on Nov 27, 2023


Ethan Cramer-Flood


Vivian Dong
Associate Forecasting Analyst
Peter Newman
Director, Forecasting
Yoram Wurmser
Principal Analyst