American Gamers Spent This Insane Amount of Money on Video Games in 2016

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA for short) released its annual report regarding the United States video game market. The recent report revealed how much money American gamers spent on video games in 2016 in addition to how many own a video game system in their home.

According to the ESA, it is estimated that 67 percent of citizens own at least one type of video game electronic. Approximately 97 percent of U.S. households own a PC, 48 percent own a home console, while only 11 percent have a VR headset in their possession.

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As far as the video game market goes, the ESA reported that the gaming industry added $11.7 billion to the 2016 U.S. gross domestic product and consumers spending $30.4 billion on the gaming industry. Currently, there are 2,322 developers across all 50 states, while 526 publishers are spread out across 44 states.

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Among best-selling video game genres, the ESA reported that the Shooter genre was the most popular at 27.5 percent, followed by Action at 22.5 percent and RPGs coming in at third place with 12.9 percent.

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Last year, it was reported that digital-related products were accounted for 74% of all video game sales. This includes any digitally downloaded games, online gaming subscriptions, downloadable content, mobile and social games.