The States With The Largest Gaming Communities
With 244 million Americans playing video games this year, the GetCenturyLink team wondered which states have the largest gaming communities?
The GetCenturyLink team scored each state on six factors and discovered that Maryland has the largest gaming community per capita.
Top 3 states with the largest gaming communities:
- Maryland ranked #1 for the largest gaming community per capita nationwide. The Old Line State has the most gaming Meetup groups per 100,000 people at 385 groups, and 53% of the state’s population has 5G coverage.
- New Jersey has the second-largest gaming community with an average 5G coverage of 70% and the second most gaming Meetup groups at 264 per 100,000 people.
- California’s gaming community ranked third. The Golden State has the highest number of gaming conventions and Comic-Cons of any state, with 15 gaming-related events.
To determine which states have the biggest gaming communities, analysts at GetCenturyLink considered 6 factors:
- The number of state residents between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the U.S. Census. We chose this age group because it makes up the largest gaming demographic, according to a report done by ESA. This was worth 20 percent of the final score.
- The number of gaming conventions (from Fancons.com and videogamecons.com) and Comic-Cons per state, according to their official sites. This was worth 19.5 percent of the final score.
- The number of each state’s social gaming groups from Meetup. This was worth 17.5 percent of the final score.
- Each states’ average download speed (from measurementlab.com). This was worth 15.3 percent of the final score.
- The population of computer owners in each state according to the U.S. Census. This was worth 6.5 percent of the final score.
- Lastly, we looked at the states with the most 5G coverage on average from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. This was worth 21.2 percent of the final score.
In this scoring system, we wanted to focus more on the scores that assessed the size of the community, so those factors received a higher score than factors such as the number of people who have computers.
See how the rest of the country stacks up in the full report.