Students make up the biggest group of online game players in
China, followed by IT and media industry workers, according to a
survey released on Monday, Beijing Business Today
The survey, jointly conducted by 17173.com, a Chinese online
game website, and iReseach Consulting Group, said almost 60 percent
of gamers were in their 20s and 95 percent were below 35 years
High school graduates accounted for 35 percent of Chinese
gamers, the report said. One-third of the respondents have a
college education and 23 percent a university diploma. Only few
players received master's degree or PhD, said the report.
Forty-five percent of the gamers were female, who favored to
join in the games with the identification of opposite sex, it
The online players usually spent three to six hours daily on the
games, mostly from 8pm to 12am. Thirty-seven percent of gamers play
on their own computers.
The survey also revealed that 21 percent of players earned
between 1,000 yuan (US$135) and 1,500 yuan, and 24 percent of the
respondents have a monthly income of more than 3,000 yuan.
The average cost of online games varied from 80 yuan to 200 yuan
per month, it said.
(Shanghai Daily, December 7, 2007)