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Internet in China: online gamers are mostly students

Students make up the biggest group of online game players in China, followed by IT and media industry workers, according to a survey released recently, Beijing Business Today reported. The survey, jointly conducted by 17173.com, a Chinese online game Website, and iResearch Consulting Group, said almost 60 percent of gamers were in their 20s and 95 percent were below 35 years old.

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. Forty-five percent of the gamers were female, who favored to join in the games with the identification of opposite sex…

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Students make up the biggest group of online game players in China, followed by IT and media industry workers, according to a survey released recently, Beijing Business Today reported. The survey, jointly conducted by 17173.com, a Chinese online game Website, and iResearch Consulting Group, said almost 60 percent of gamers were in their 20s and 95 percent were below 35 years old.

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; Forty-five percent of the gamers were female, who favored to join in the games with the identification of opposite sex.

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: 1 to 3 US dollars a month.

By Itamar Medeiros

I'm a Strategist, Branding Specialist, Experience Designer, Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator based in Germany, where I work as Director of Design Strategy and Systems at SAP and visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, I've helped truly global companies in several countries (Brazil, China, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, The United Arab Emirates, United States, Hong Kong) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles.

During my 7 years in China, I've promoted the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.

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