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Aofie Wilson on why we are a nation of gamers

30th April 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

The number of mobile gamers has surged by almost a fifth (18%) during the lockdown, with more women (54%) than men (44%) picking up a mobile game for the first time.

Lockdown has seen smartphones become the main gaming device for a quarter of Brits who game, with larger phone screens and faster mobile network connections, such as 5G, the main reasons that mobile gaming has become more appealing.

  • A quarter of gamers said that spending time with friends and family was the number one reason they play games
  • Over two-thirds (69%) of those who game on smartphones said they have played more, despitespendingmore time at home and less travelling.
  • The UK has a long history of mobile gaming, with ‘Snake’ from the late-90s topping the list as the nation’s favourite ‘retro’ phone game according to new research by EE.

Aston spoke to Aoife Wilson, TV presenter and games host to discuss how the UK has seen a surge in gamers and how people can now take to high-quality gaming outside, on their commutes or in the park.

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