New Report Reveals Nearly Half the Planet Plays Video Games

Gamers who just can’t seem to get enough of their favorite pastime can now take solace in knowing that they’re in good company globally, as a new report reveals that nearly half of the people on the planet play video games in one form or another. While some previous studies have sought to determine the most popular video game franchises or platforms, this study examined the total number of people who make up the global consumer gaming market.

The gaming industry has come a long way since the first commercial video game hit the market with 1971’s coin-operated cabinet, Computer Space. In the over 50 years since that bulky machine first wowed players with its simple graphics and unwieldy controls, the gaming industry has undergone a revolution, with consumers now enjoying video games on all manner of devices. While dedicated gaming PCs and consoles are what first comes to mind when many people think of video games, the total reach of the global gaming industry includes everything from the latest hardcore-focused console releases to cozy video games and titles designed for the mobile market.

According to a new report from industry analysts at DFC Intelligence, a group that researches the gaming industry with the goal of delivering “analysis and forecasting that reflects market realities instead of hype and wishful thinking,” there are now 3.7 billion game consumers globally. Although this number may seem surprising on its face, comprising just under half of the planet’s total population, it does come with some caveats. While there are nearly 4 billion game consumers on the planet, the report states there are only around 300 million “hardware-driven consumers” responsible for driving the demand for dedicated gaming PCs and consoles like Sony’s popular PlayStation 5.

The report also highlighted other interesting findings about the makeup of the consumer game market. The study showed that, while the hardware-driven console gamers are heavily concentrated in North America and Europe, it is actually players enjoying mobile games that are “representative of the global population” when it comes to where players spend their screen time. For developers releasing titles primarily for PCs and consoles, this shows that there is a massive untapped market of potential gamers just waiting to be reached, with the report noting that “there is definitely an opportunity to expand the video game hardware business.”

This good news about growth in the global gaming market comes only months after another report reached some disheartening conclusions about many of those actually playing games, finding that self-identified gamers are more likely to be racist and sexist. As more people worldwide begin to embrace the love of gaming that has brought joy to so many over the last half-century, hopefully, they’ll also help bring some much-needed positivity and change to the worst aspects of gamer culture.

Source: DFC Intelligence (Via

No Trade fairs? We can meet online

2020 is tarting with travel restrictions. At TimestampAdvance we were forced to cancel ICE – LONDON and GDC. E3 looks bleak. It’s likely that we won’t be able to attend trade fairs in the next few months. We’re still keeping our hope up for the Gamescom in Kologne in August, though. Meanwhile we want to keep in touch. We will be using Linkedin and email more often this year.

So, please, do let us know about your technology needs!

TIMESTAMPBIW and the VRX London Virtual Reality Conference

The VR Intelligence Conference & Expo (VRX) Europe 2016 took place in London, UK during May after its previously successful event last November in San Francisco, California. Some of the biggest names in the virtual reality (VR) industry attended, discussing a broad range of subjects.

Among some of the most interesting panels, Audi presented their VR concept for the futuro of car dealerships, that was just a subject of a test run in Brazil and will be launched across Europe before the end of the year.

Timestampbiw took the opportunity to explore some of the most impactful concepts in gaming, VR and AR, meeting and networking with quite a few of the industry visionaries from Asia, America and Europe.

Timestamp Delivers Oracle Accelerate Solution for Industrial Manufacturing Based on Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1

Timestamp today announced its Oracle Accelerate solution for Industrial Manufacturing.  Based on the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1, this Oracle Accelerate solution is tailored to the unique needs of industrial manufacturers and supports core ERP business processes enabling customers to rapidly adopt and standardize supply chain, finance and human capital management. This package also includes Oracle E-Business Suite software licenses, implementation services, and a bundle of specific programs developed by Timestamp to meet  Portuguese statutory and reporting requirements. Timestamp is an Oracle Accelerate solution provider and a Platinum level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

The solution significantly accelerates time-to-value while minimizing any downtime or business disruption. The solution leverages Oracle Business Accelerators, which are cloud-based rapid implementation tools built by Oracle and available only through members of Oracle’s expert delivery ecosystem such as Timestamp. Oracle Business Accelerators can dramatically reduce implementation discovery, configuration, and testing time. The result is predictable and expedited access to a proven solution that minimizes the risk of new technology adoption.

Included in this solution are Timestamp’s add-ons to meet the latest requirements of the Portuguese fiscal authorities and cover the specific business needs of local financial management based on leading practices.

“Choosing Oracle was a natural option. We have evolved using the same supplier for a more complete solution that answers our need to improve access to and control of information and processes to make management of our business more efficient. We chose Oracle  since deploying the ERP in such a short time-frame was of paramount importance to us. Timestamp brought in skilled consultants with good experience and convinced us that they can deliver to our requirements in a short time using Oracle Business Accelerators,” said Fernando Gaga, Logistics Director, AMS Gomacamps, one of the customers that has implemented this Oracle Accelerate solution on their site.

“Oracle’s partner community continues to develop valuable solutions and deliver key services to joint customers, including midsize organizations,” said Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies. “The industry expertise and reach provided by our members of the Oracle Accelerate program is critical for companies looking to rapidly adopt tailored solutions for their industries.”

About Oracle Accelerate
Oracle Accelerate provides simple to deploy, packaged, enterprise-class software solutions to growing midsize organizations through Oracle’s network of expert partners. Created by Oracle’s expert partners, Oracle Accelerate solutions are simple to deploy, industry-specific packaged solutions, designed for fast time to benefit, which means getting the right solution in place quickly, inexpensively and with a controlled scope and predictable returns. The best Oracle Accelerate Solutions are based on Oracle Business Accelerators, which are powerful, cloud-based rapid implementation tools developed and maintained by Oracle to get you up and running on a wide range of Oracle Applications, both quickly and reliably. Oracle has more than 280,000 midsize customers who buy Oracle to grow. To find out more, visit

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more visit

About Timestamp

Timestamp – Sistemas de Informação, S.A. is a Tech Consulting company based in Portugal and also running projects in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia and US. Timestamp was founded in 2003 and has 120+ consultants, most of them with high experience in both Oracle Technology and Applications. More than 150 customers in several sectors: Government, Services, Financial Services, TELCO, Logistics, Professional Associations/Unions, Media & Entertainment, etc.


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