"The diversity of online game offerings showcases the popularity of games in the U.S.," said Kaizad Gotla, Internet analyst, Nielsen//NetRatings. "Ranging from sites that offer original games to content sites that offer the latest information on popular console and PC games, the gaming industry's presence online is indisputable."
Most Popular Online Game Sites, May 2004 (U.S., Home and Work)
|Brand or Channel||Time Per Person (hh:mm:ss)|
|2. EA Online||2:29:40|
|3. MSN Games||2:04:26|
|4. AOL Games||1:51:51|
Middle-aged women were the largest demographic group for online game sites. Fifteen percent of online gamers were women between the ages of 35 to 49, comprising a larger percentage than their male counterparts and teen males.
"Contrary to popular belief, the online games category is not dominated by males or by teens," continued Gotla. "Rather, the popularity of online games appeals to a broad demographic online, especially among middle-aged women."
Gender Demographic of Online Game Sites Visitors, May 2004 (U.S., Home and Work)
|Ages||Male Unique Audience Composition (%)||Female Unique Audience Composition (%)|
|2 - 11||3.7%||3.5%|
|12 - 17||9||5.7|
|18 - 24||4.6||3.5|
|25 - 34||8.8||7.8|
|35 - 49||14.4||15.2|
|55 - 64||4.1||6|
Overall, the gender make-up of the online game audience is nearly equal. Of the 46 million online game users in May, 51 percent were male while 49 percent were female. Kids made up seven percent of the audience, while teens made up 15 percent of online gamers.
Age Demographic of Online Game Sites Visitors, May 2004 (U.S., Home and Work)
|Unique Audience Composition (%)|
|2 - 11||7.2|
|12 - 17||14.7|
|18 - 24||8.1|
|25 - 34||16.6|
|35 - 49||29.6|
|55 - 64||10.1|