Seattle Top US Gaming City

Seattle Top US Gaming City

Microsoft has unveiled the findings of a recent survey which confirms Seattle as the top gaming city in the U.S. New York achieves a surprising 15th place while L.A. doesn't even make it to the Top 15.

Seattle, known for coffee, grunge rock music and airplanes, now has a new crown. Microsoft and Sperling's BestPlaces bestowed on the title of top video gaming city in the United States. Seattle edged out larger metropolitan areas the center of the interactive entertainment such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as universe for both console and Microsoft Windows-based PC gaming in a survey analyzing select consumer behaviors in the gaming industry.

Sperling commissioned the survey based on the number of video game systems owned per household - Xbox 360, Xbox, Window-based PCs, PlayStation 2 and GameCube - number of games purchased, number of game rentals, and frequency of online gameplay via Xbox Live or Windows games, among other factors.

The top 15 U.S. gaming cities are as follows:


2.Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.



5.Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.

6.Washington, D.C.

7.St. Louis


9.San Diego





14.San Francisco

15.New York

The video game industry is growing in popularity among all age groups and both genders. The average age of a gamer is 30, and 19 per cent of gamers are older than 50. Men currently dominate the industry; however, the gap is closing, with approximately 55 per cent of players being male and approximately 43 per cent female.