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The history of the gaming industry in one chart


50 years of gaming history, by revenue stream (1970-2020)


Every year it feels like the gaming industry sees the same stories—record sales, unfathomable market reach, and questions of how much higher the market can go.


We’re already far past the point of gaming being the biggest earning media sector, with an estimated $165 billion revenue generated in 2020.


But as our graphic above helps illustrate, it’s important to break down shifting growth within the market. Research from Pelham Smithers shows that while the tidal wave of gaming has only continued to swell, the driving factors have shifted over the course of gaming history.

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