Believe it or not, pre-teens bring quite a bit to the digital gaming table. Yes, most of the games they play are free, but game makers are steadily evolving their in-game monetization strategies to engage with this surprisingly valuable audience.
When it comes to video game engagement, the action is no longer limited to simply playing. This is especially true for U.S. Millennials, as 71% of Millennial gamers say they enjoy watching gaming video content as well, largely on platforms like Twitch and YouTube.
Having grown up alongside the first Nintendo Entertainment System, which debuted in North America in 1985, Millennials now have careers, advanced degrees and families. That being said, they’re still gamers at heart, as two-thirds of Americans play video games every month. So what else do we know...
Games have become part and parcel of the Millennial media diet, with two in three U.S. Millennials now playing every month. Brands and media companies should add gaming to their media plans so they reach a highly engaged Millennial audience.
How important are video games to Millennials? According to our latest Millennials on Millennials report, which focuses on video game consumption among this demographic two in three Millennials in the U.S. play video games every month.
Esports fans around the world include some of the hardest to reach consumers for brands because of their cord-cutting and ad-blocking tendencies. While esports unites them as a fan base, their digital-first mindset is pervasive in their approach to broader entertainment consumption.
Esports fans are often described as simply “male Millennials”—and the description often fits: Globally, men far outnumber women both as esports competitors and fans. That doesn’t mean women aren’t in the game, however. Females are engaging with esports, and at increasing rates.
As we analyze key takeaways from Nielsen’s past two years of sponsorship valuation data and research around fan behavior and preferences, it’s evident that esports stakeholders have a lot to look forward to in the coming months.
As the holiday shopping season approaches, video game makers typically set the table with a feast of high-profile new games for players to devour. So which ones are gamers most anxious to sink their teeth into this year?
This episode of The Database delves into the world of esports, or competitive video gaming. We look at the overall landscape, who the fans are, the platforms that gamers consume esports on, and what opportunities exist for brands.