Online market for computer games booming

Computer and video games have become very popular. In particular the interest in playing games over the internet is increasing strongly. More than one third (38%) of all PC gamers play games online and among PC gamers aged between 14 and 29 this percentage even amounts to 58%. Particularly popular are card and chess games, strategy and so-called multi-player games.

Multiplayer games are games in which participants play against each other over the internet. 68% of all online computer game players do so at least once a week and 22% even on a daily basis.

Besides online games all other computer and video games fill more and more people with enthusiasm. “Computer games are not a phenomenon of the young generation any more. Even 19% of people aged over 50 nowadays like to play games”, happily said Mr. Manfred Gerdes who is member of the board of managing directors of the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM).

The survey which revealed the above figures and which was conducted by the Ipson market research institution on behalf of BITKOM also showed that about one third of Germans (35%) enjoy such games. Among people aged between 14 and 29 this percentage even increases to 64%. These games are most often played on personal computers (31%), followed by paddles (10%) and cellular phones (7%). Currently 30% of all households own a paddle, 81% a cellular phone and 77% a PC.

Thus, the entire games industry is looking forward to the Games Convention exhibition which will take place from August 23rd to 26th in Leipzig. GERMAN