Dentsu reveals world’s deepest gaming insights

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Playing is a fundamental human activity, with more than 70 per cent of Australian gamers playing weekly or more often, new research from dentsu shows, representing a highly exciting opportunity for brands to connect with highly engaged communities. 

In Australia, there are 17 million people who play games* and according to dentsu’s new For The Game Report 26% of those play daily, 45% weekly, and the remaining 29% still play on a monthly basis. 

The trend is global, with gaming becoming even more pervasive in the last two years because of lifestyle changes driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report reveals 34% of gamers globally play daily and 46% weekly across the markets surveyed: Japan, the US, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia. 

Importantly for brands looking at gaming to reach consumers, people from all generations have the habit. Globally, among Gen Z gamers, 37% play daily and 47% weekly, while among Millennials, the levels are 34% and 49% respectively. Among Gen X gamers, 33% play daily and 45% weekly, while for Baby Boomers, the numbers are 35% and 39% accordingly. 

The 43-page report has identified and explored six new gaming archetypes for brands to tap into – along with their typical behaviours and motivations in different parts of the real and virtual world. 

The report is part of the international launch of the new exclusive dentsu gaming data and insights capabilities, which fuses the dentsu Consumer Connection System (CSS) research deal data with specialist gaming data from leading market research company GWI across nine markets: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United States. Dentsu investigated areas such as interest in gaming and intensity of practice to identify six gaming segments each with different motivations behind why they play, gaming behaviours, and media usages. 

Chris Bower, CEO, dentsu solutions, commented: “The days of the stereotypical gamer demographic to target are over. Just about everybody games, and they play a lot - 3.5 billion people predicted to be gamers by 2025 and the industry already generates almost double the revenue of global theatrical and home entertainment. But they engage with gaming in different ways, presenting new targetable segments and multiple ways into game for brands. 

“The launch of this report, and the dentsu gaming capability continues dentsu’s 35-year gaming legacy which began in Japan. We know gamers better than anyone else, and we can help brands capture this explosive audience growth, explore what gaming can look like for them and how it fits into a broader Web 3.0 and metaverse strategy.” 

GWI’s flagship study represents more than two billion people worldwide, highlighting how consumers are changing their behaviours. GWI’s gaming data reveals gamers in 2 granular detail, and now with its full integration into CCS, dentsu’s proprietary audience insights tool, it can enhance its efforts to create brand love through fandoms; helping game publishers and brands connect more authentically with consumers to become part of gaming culture. 

Specifically, this new CCSxGWI fusion means brands can now access high-fidelity portraits of gamers that encompass lifestyle and media attitudes and behaviours (e.g., shopping routines, passions and hobbies, media consumption) as well as deep-rooted gaming habits (e.g., specific genres and games played, in-game purchases, gaming sessions lengths, motivations). This proprietary CCSxGWI fusion opens a new depth of insights directly available for strategy, planning, and activation to connect more effectively with gamers. 

This new CCSxGWI data and insight is exclusive to dentsu gaming, which is accessible through dentsu’s production, creative, CXM and media agencies globally, including Carat, dentsu X, iProspect, dentsu Creative, Merkle and the dentsu Japan network. 

Launched a year ago, the dentsu gaming global solution provides access to specialist strategy, activation and original intellectual property (IP) development for brands seeking to connect with and navigate the gaming ecosystem. 

In the spirit of all things gaming, the team at dentsu has even created a mini-arcade style game to play as the gateway to download the new report from its website at

*Bond University’s Digital Australia report 2022 

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For further information, contact: 

Miranda Ward 
Dentsu Senior Communications Manager 


Consumer Connection System (CCS) CCS is proprietary worldwide survey exclusive to dentsu and its clients, composed of more than 400,000 respondents, with over 100,000 being the very sort after Gen Z audience. Currently live in 70 markets, it is comprised of 10,500 attributes giving dentsu insight into areas such as consumer interests, passions, values, trust drivers, motivations, and needs. 

CCS x GWI Fusion data Dentsu used unconstrained fusion to connect GWI gaming data with CCS Hub data. This 3 used a fusion algorithm powered by industry recognised software RSMB to match respondents from each dataset, using similar answers to shared questions between the datasets. This fusion methodology has been applied to (and is available in) the following 21 markets: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United States. 

About dentsu gaming An integrated solution which brings together the extensive gaming heritage and expertise of dentsu japan network with the global scale and specialist capabilities within dentsu international. As a global solution for all agencies within the dentsu Group, dentsu gaming provides access to specialist strategy, activation and original intellectual property (IP) development for brands seeking to connect with and navigate the gaming ecosystem and wider metaverse.