Seattle Ranked #2 Gamer City In U.S.

It should come as no surprise that Seattle loves its video games. But what may come as a surprise is Atlanta may love them more - at least according to a new “study” by Movoto blog, which bills itself as a take on “the lighter side of real estate.”

Using factors like the number of arcades per city, demographics and quality of Internet speed, Movoto recently ranked Seattle the #2 city in the nation for gamers - right behind Atlanta, and ahead of Denver, Portland and San Francisco. The top ten list also included Long Beach and Sacramento, and San Jose Calif, as well as Kansas City, Missouri.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the “study” is the demographics Movoto used.

Here’s how Movoto broke things down:

Not everyone enjoys the rush of gathering 25 random people together to destroy an undead king made of pixels. But we have a strong idea of who plays video games. And no, it isn’t just guys living in their mom’s basement or crashing on their friend’s couch.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, the average video game player is 30 years old and male. (Maybe ESA ignored all the 13-year-old kids playing shooters.) We weren’t entirely surprised by these figures, but we were surprised by some stats when we dug into the research.

It turns out that 53 percent of gamers are male. By default 47 percent are female. And no, the ladies aren’t just playing “Hello Kitty’s Island Adventure.” Take that, stereotypes!

To come up with this figure, we looked at the demographics of each city and found the percentage of the population between 18 and 34 years old.

That’s all fine and dandy, but could Atlanta really be a better city for gamers than Seattle? Seems hard to fathom.

“After the scores were tallied, Atlanta came out on top. Just stick with your hipsters, Seattle,” writes Movoto’s David Cross. “Atlanta gamers, feel free to start tea-bagging.”

Them’s fightin’ words.

Or maybe, to be more accurate, gamin’ words.

 
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