Gamers in Quebec and Canada associate video games with entertainment more (74%) than anywhere else in the world, according to a survey conducted in 12 countries, particularly by the Canadian Entertainment Software Association (ALD).
Quebecers in particular play video games to help them manage stress (75%), or to feel less anxious (62%). In Canada, these data reach 76% and 61%, respectively, which are higher numbers than observed internationally (71% and 61%, respectively).
[Ce sont] 29% of Canadian participants also reported that they play video games to maintain or improve their mental health, a higher percentage than the global average (24%).
The player happiness index in Quebec and Canada is also higher than worldwide. According to the survey, 67% of respondents across the country reported feeling happy while playing video games, compared to 64% globally. In Quebec, this number is 66%.
The survey found that 54% of people in Canada said that video games helped them get through difficult times in their lives (52% globally).
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Video games are not necessarily viewed as passive entertainment: the survey particularly highlights that 80% of gamers in Quebec (77% in Canada) believe they improve their cognitive abilities, compared to 69% worldwide.
It’s the same story for 77% of Quebec respondents, who say these productions improve their problem-solving skills (84% in Canada, 69% internationally) and that they develop their communication skills. (71% in Canada, 58% internationally).
The Power of Games report confirms on a global scale what we observed in our 2022 Canadian study: that video games bring people together and strengthen community.
This global survey shows that the social and emotional benefits of video games are experienced by a diverse base of gamers around the world who play video games for fun, relaxation, and stress relief. They are also increasingly sharing this experience with their families and a growing community of friends online Summarizes.
Canadian bulk data
- 46% play video games with others online
- 29% personally play video games every week
- 66% say their experience playing with others online is positive or very positive
- 70% say their experience playing with others in person is positive or very positive
- 70% agree that video games allow you to meet new friends and form new relationships
- 82% believe there is a video game for everyone
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