The French and Video Games – Key Figures 2021 –

Despite the cancellation of Paris Games Week twice, video games continue to seduce the French.

SELL publishes its annual study on the French and video games. This 2021 study was conducted by Médiamétrie.

This inventory deciphers the habits of consumption and use of French for video games. (read the 2020 study here)

First observation, in France there are 58% of regular players, against 52% in 2020. There are 53% of men and 47% of women (more than 19 million).

Another figure on the rise, 73% of French people gamble at least occasionally (+2 points), or more than 38 million people. Furthermore, 89% consider their community to be loving and welcoming.

Who are the video game players in France?

The average age of the players is 38 years. Once again, it will be necessary to get rid of the idea that the players are only young.

Video games appeal to all age groups: 71% of adults (+3 points, including 18% of the elderly) and 98% of children (+4 points).
Video game fans use an average of 2.2 gaming platforms. 51% of them play on smartphones, which is the most popular medium. The phone arrives right in front of the console that registers an increase of 4 points to 49%.

The favorite games of the French are still “casual” games, platform games and adventure games. 93% of French people play for fun and escape (86%).

Parents are watching

Another sign of a more responsible consumption of video games, 70% of parents claim to supervise their children’s practice. And 77% of parents play with their children (+11 points).

Play, yes, but not anyway! 48% of parents use parental controls. (37% in 2020 and 32% in 2019). And 67% of parents pay attention to PEGI when making the purchase.

The benefits of video games

According to the SELL survey, video games are a factor of well-being. We are less bored (79%). Playing is fun (71%). It is a good way to relieve stress (65%).

Finally, 3 out of 4 adult gamers believe that video games have influenced their learning of new technologies.


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