Video games are good luck charms in Canada – Radio-Canada.ca

According to a survey conducted in 12 countries, particularly by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ALD), gamers in Quebec and Canada associate video games with enjoyment more (74%) than anywhere else in the world.

Quebecers play video games primarily to manage their stress (75%) or to feel less anxious (62%). In Canada, these data reach 76% and 61%, respectively, higher than the values ​​observed internationally (71% and 61%, respectively).

[Ce sont] 29% of Canadian respondents also said they play video games to maintain or improve their mental health, a higher proportion than the global average (24%).

The happiness index of gamblers in Quebec and Canada is also higher than worldwide. According to the survey, 67% of respondents nationwide said they always feel happier while playing video games, compared to 64% globally. In Quebec this figure is 66%.

The survey found that 54% of people in Canada said video games had helped them get through difficult times in their lives (52% globally).

Play creates skills for work

Video games are not necessarily considered passive entertainment: in particular, the survey shows that 80% of gamers in Quebec (77% in Canada) believe that they improve their cognitive skills, compared to 69% worldwide.

The same goes for 77% of respondents in Quebec who say these productions improve their problem-solving skills (84% in Canada and 69% internationally) and that they develop their communication skills. Collaboration and communication skills for 63% of them (71% in Canada, 58% international).

The Power of Gaming report confirms on a global level what we observed in our 2022 Canadian study: that video games bring people together and strengthen community.

This global survey shows that the social and emotional benefits of video games are experienced by a diverse group of gamers around the world who play video games for fun, relaxation and stress relief. They are increasingly sharing this experience online with their family and a growing community of friends, he summarizes.

Canadian Bulk Data

  • 46% play video games online with others
  • 29% play video games in person every week
  • 66% say their experiences playing online with others are positive or extremely positive
  • 70% say their experiences playing in person with others are positive or extremely positive
  • 70% agree that video games make it possible to make new friends and develop new relationships
  • 82% believe there is a video game for everyone