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Numbers in the News: Video Games

September 12 is National Video Games Day. From Pong to Pokémon, video games have been entertaining us for more than 60 years.

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1958

The year American physicist William Higinbotham invented the world’s first video game—a simple tennis game.

2.7 BILLION

The estimated number of gamers worldwide in 2020

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70%

The percentage of people in the U.S. who play video games on their smartphones—the most popular device for gaming

THINK ABOUT IT: How have video games changed the way kids and teens spend their time?

SOURCES: AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY, NEWZOO, STATISTA, ALTMAN VILANDRIE & COMPANY

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