By: Felicia Naoum
Here are 20 findings from “Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry, 2015, for which 4,000 American households were surveyed about their gaming habits and attitudes.
- 155 million Americans regularly play video games.
- 42 percent of Americans play for at least three hours per week.
- Four out of five American households contain a device used to play video games.
Clearly, video gaming is a huge part of American culture. So many of us do it and do it often. An avid video gamer, since childhood, turned his hobby into his career. Video gaming isn’t what Chris Halata does on his evening off or free weekend here and there. Video gaming is Chris’s “9-5er”. It’s his job. And here’s how it all began…
Youth is a time of great challenge. Fitting in with the crowd is a great part of that challenge. Chris knew that. He wasn’t the most outgoing kid, or on all the sports teams. He was shy. Video gaming was his opportunity to put his shyness to rest and be who he is. Video gaming gave him the voice that he couldn’t find outside of the console that steers his gaming ship.
Chris has used his passion for cultivating a business that inspires a mirage of situations: that wedding you’ve been dreaming about and are forever planning or that one student who is viewed as different because he has a disability yet outshines with his success. Chris has contributed to this and more. Chris has taken gaming to a whole new level – a level that is changing lives and making memorable memories.