Poll: E-sports are as big as football for young adults

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In partnership with the Washington Post, the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion conducted two surveys on American attitudes about sports. This, the seventh and final release in a series, focuses on the emergence of video gaming and e-sports, particularly among America’s youth. 


  • Competitive video gaming or e-sports is just as popular among 14- to 21-year-olds as professional football.
  • A majority of 14- to 21-year-olds have participated in an online video game in the last 12 months.
  • Americans play video games primarily because they are fun; but gaming is also seen as a social activity.