Gaming is the biggest entertainment medium on the planet and Australia is no exception. The latest survey on the demographics of the average Australian gamer, conducted by Bond University, has found that two-thirds of Australians play video games in some form.
The executive summary from Bond University’s latest study into the Australian gamer was released midnight Sunday morning, with this year’s survey polling 1210 households across Australia and 3228 people in total.
The demographic split between women and men inched closer to parity (53/47 male/female this year, compared to 54/46 percent), and average daily play time for all Australians of all ages is 81 minutes, down from 89 minutes in last year’s report. The average age of the Australian gamer remained steady at 34 years.
Australian men are only playing 89 minutes on average a day, down from 98 minutes last year. Average play time for Australian women has fallen as well, down to 71 minutes a day from 77 minutes last year.
Aussie kids play around 100 minutes a day on average, while working age adults play an average of 83 minutes a day (down from 89 minutes). Retired Australian gamers play for just shy of an hour a day on average, and 78 percent of Australian gamers are over 18 (up from 77 percent from 2018’s survey).
The study noted that 59 percent of parents surveyed play while their children are in the same room. 25 percent of those polled play games with their partners online, and 89 percent were familiar with parental controls for gaming devices (up from 81 percent last year).
One change from last year’s survey is the increase in virtual reality adoption. 21 percent of households surveyed had a virtual reality headset, up from 16 percent last year. Esports viewership rose from last year (41 percent from 33 percent). Participation in cosplay and attendance at gaming events among those surveyed climbed too (28 percent from 26 percent), but the figure was within the survey’s margin of error.
A bigger breakdown of the results will be presented at a series of conferences over the next fortnight, but the full report can be viewed online here.