At a glance, more than 150 million people in the United States play video games regularly, or for at least 3 hours per week. The average American gamer is a 35-year-old adult, with 72 percent of gamers aged 18 or older. For video game use by children, most parents – 71 percent – indicate that video games have a positive influence on their child’s life.
Video game sales continue to increase year on year. In 2016, the video game industry sold more than 24.5 billion games – up from 23.2 billion in 2015, and 21.4 billion in 2014.
The top three best-selling video games of 2016 were Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and Grand Theft Auto V. These games fall into the first-person shooter or action-adventure genres – the top two genres, accounting for 27.5 percent and 22.5 percent of sales, respectively. First-person shooter and action genres often stand accused of stirring aggression and causing violence and addiction.
Sometimes you’ll hear about occasions where parents and children don’t exactly see eye to eye when it comes to the topic of gaming, or eSports in general. However, for a few lucky players, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Recently, popular streamer, BuckeFPS uploaded a video where he showcases the crucial matches that helped him qualify for the Fortnite tournament, and in the backdrop of his careful play is one constant: his dad’s voice. As BuckeFPS tries to survive a closing storm circle and a handful of determined Fortnite rivals, his dad tries to calm him down, gives him tips, and encourages him. He also constantly reminds him of how many points his son needs, and how many people are left on the map. It’s not just your typical parent support here — the dad clearly knows how the game works at a high level, and is able to commentate the gameplay even as it moves at a fast pace. I love it.
For his efforts, BuckeFPS will get at minimum $50,000 for entering the World Cup — and the moment he realises he’s secured that money is raw and emotional. “Just do me one favour,” the dad says. “Be a humble, thankful player.” When the reality of the situation sets in, and BuckeFPS knows what he’s accomplished, he can’t hold it in. The tears start flowing, and I’ve got to admit, hearing BuckeFPS’ reaction got me feeling tender too. Fortnite is giving people life-changing money, and that’s no small thing.
Recently, yet another (similar) story came to light which showcased another parent supporting gaming.
In week four’s North American tournament, popular 17 year old streamer Reverse2k won the ‘Hold the Throne’ shockingly took home the trophy and won the competition, netting him an incredible $50,000, plus an extra $36,000 for his fifth place finish overall position in the season. Hold the Throne was a new format for week four, which rewarded players for getting the most eliminations in a game and holding on to that top spot, for a bonus $50,000.
Throughout tournament, player Reverse2k managed to keep his number one spot secured, and received a heartwarming phone call from his father after the event, which he then played over loud speaker for his stream to hear during the encouraging speech. While many young gamers still struggle to convince their parents that spending more time gaming is a good thing, earning $86,000 for a few hours work certainly makes for a good argument. His dad exclaimed proudly “Eighty six thousand dollars? You’re going to need a tax guy!”
Interestingly enough, due to him winning the bonus ‘Hold the Throne’ cash prize and a 5th place, Reverse2k actually ended up taking home more than the 1st place finisher, “NotVivid”. The humorous, heartfelt and supportive words quickly earned his dad the name ‘Papa2k’.