Report: 47% of Chinese population plays games

Report: 47% of Chinese population plays games

Almost half of the Chinese population are gamers.

That's according to research from industry trade body CGIGC, which told attendees at the ChinaJoy conference that 668 million people in the country played video games. That's 47 per cent of China's reported 1.4 billion strong population.

Furthermore, the Chinese games industry generated a massive 144.263 billion yuan ($20.23 billion) in revenue for the first half of 2023. That's still a decline from the 150.493 billion yuan ($21 billion) that China's games market generated in the first half of 2021.

“Against the backdrop of a sluggish global gaming market, China’s gaming industry is gradually emerging from a trough and showing an upward trend,” CGIGC director Zhang Yijun said, as reported by Reuters.

“Facing the challenges of the second half of the year, we still need to boost industry confidence.”

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.