Woburn, MA – December 14, 2020 – Global research by Kaspersky has found that over a tenth of gamers (12%, ~179 million1 globally) have had their ID stolen, which could be worth a combined $347 billion2 globally.
Kaspersky commissioned the research and Savanta conducted it in November 2020, in order to look at the state of global gaming in 2020. According to the 5,031 gamers surveyed across 17 countries, nearly a fifth (19%) have also been bullied while playing. This trend is even more prevalent in the US (27%), Saudi Arabia (27%), Turkey (28%) and Russia (44%).
A third (33%) of gamers have suffered at the hands of cheaters. All of these issues together caused stress and anxiety in 31% of them. This is in spite of the fact that stress relief is the very thing the majority of them (62%) go to gaming to remove, as well as thrills (62%), and then friendship (46%).
“When gaming, it’s important to consider from the outset how you can best avoid or handle bullies, cheats and hackers,” said Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky. “Acting on this early means you can put many of those fears to the side and focus on enjoying the game.”
Kaspersky offers seven ways to help be as safe as possible while gaming online:
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Notes to editors
“Generation Game" was commissioned by Kaspersky and conducted by Savanta in November 2020, over 17 countries and 5,031 respondents. All respondents were under 35, spread evenly across gender, age and socioeconomics within that, consider themselves gamers, and game at least 5-10 hours per week on a PC. The countries are: Russia, USA & UK (at least 500 each), Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and UAE (at least 250 each).
1Global gaming reach based on 3.1bn global gamers, 48% of which are on PC. 12% of 1.488bn is 178,560,000 or 179 million
2Average Steam account is worth $1,936
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Sawyer Van Horn