If you’re an online gamer and think work gets in the way of your dreams of pro gaming, you're not alone - 36% of players across the globe think the same thing.
According to a survey of 4500 online gamers in South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Italy, France, Germany, the UK and the US, 36% of global gamers would quit their jobs if they could afford to support themselves as a pro gamer. That’s an 11% increase since 2018.
Male gamers between 18-25 are most interested in esports as a career, with more than half (56%) in that age range saying they want to become professionals.
Gamers are also playing more than 7 hours of games each week, which is a 20% increase in game time compared to last year.
Gamers aged between 26-35 spend an average of 8 hours and 13 minutes each week, which is a 20% jump in game time compared to last year.
''The growth in online gaming, both in playing time as well as in viewership, has raised expectations for fast online performance,'' says Limelight Networks senior director Michael Milligan.
''Whether it's downloading game updates, joining a squad online to take on the competition, or learning new techniques from favourite live streamers, gamers around the world won't tolerate latency and download disruptions that slow them down.''
For younger gamers, watching esports is far more interesting than watching traditional sports on TV.
Those aged between 18-25 spend about 4 hours each week watching online gaming – that’s 77% more time than they spend watching traditional broadcast sports.
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These statistics are from Limelight Networks State of Online Gaming research report.