A new study has found that gamers become less competitive the older they get. This is compared to young gamers who are very competitive.


Quantic Foundry, a gaming research company has released results on a study conducted on how competitiveness relates to age in gaming.

Firstly, it’s interesting to note that the average age of a gamer is 35 years. A whole generation of gamers have grown up playing video games and they’re committed to playing probably for the rest of their lives. But this doesn’t mean that these gamers are necessarily competitive.

The study, which was conducted by collecting data from over 140 000 gamers via the Gamer Motivation Profile, showed how gaming motivations differ between different age groups. The study used 12 motivations to measure competitiveness in gaming and how this declines with age. The study measured competitiveness by looking at gamers’ desire to compete with other gamers in “duels, matches, or teams-vs-team scenarios“.

The study found that motivations declined overall with age and the company gave two possible reasons why young gamers are more competitive that older gamers:

  1. Priorities change as you get older and you’re likely to gain some more responsibility as you mature. The company suggests that a possible reason for the decline in the need for competitive gaming as you become older could be that older gamers wouldn’t rate gaming as “extremely important or enjoyable“.
  2. Solo gameplay might be rated higher as you become older as you enjoy more relaxed gaming. Whereas competitive gaming could be very stressful and fast-paced.

The study found that Strategy gameplay was enjoyed equally amongst age groups and declined least over time. Gamers enjoy “careful decision-making and planning” regardless of their age.

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Interestingly, competitiveness in gaming declines faster for males than for female gamers. The study shows that by the time we’re 45 years old or over “the difference between men and women largely disappears“.

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