4.1 What is gaming?

Gaming is playing a game on an electronic device such as a PC or laptop, games console, tablet, phone, or other handheld device.

Gaming is a profitable, fast-growing industry. The UK video game market reached a record £7.16 billion in 2021.1 Worldwide revenue was estimated to be $198 billion USD in 2021.2

Gaming is also an almost universal pastime among young people in the UK. According to research we conducted with Young Scot and the ALLIANCE, 92% of 11-26 year olds in Scotland play video games.3 Gaming is more common in boys (97%), but also very common in girls (90%).4

With gambling participation increasingly shifting online, the distinction between gaming and gambling is becoming blurred by gambling-like features in video games.