Irvine Ranks High on 2019’s Best Cities for Gamers List

Monday, June 10, 2019

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Gaming is serious business. Globally, it’s an over $130 billion industry. That’s unsurprising with the number of ways there are to enjoy video games in the present day, from consoles by Nintendo, PlayStation, and Microsoft to gaming PCs and mobile devices to simply watching others stream on a platform like Twitch or YouTube. And professional esports are projected to have more viewers in total than all professional sports leagues except the NFL by 2021.

According to the Pew Research Center, 72 percent of male Americans aged 18-29 play video games “often” or “sometimes,” as do 49 percent of female Americans ages 18-29. And pro gaming, or “esports,” is growing into a viable career choice for those with the best mechanical skills. For example, the Overwatch League, run by Blizzard Entertainment, carries a $1 million prize pool and a minimum $50,000 salary for each player. The league entered its second season this year with eight new teams.

Some cities cater to gamers by hosting the biggest events in the industry. That includes e-sports stadiums or conventions like PAX and the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Others offer the opportunity to get a career through college programs and company locations.

But some places are better than others for the gamer lifestyle, so WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 23 key indicators of gamer-friendliness. Our data set ranges from average internet speed to video-game stores per capita to number of esports tournaments. Read on for the winners, gamer advice and industry insight from a panel of experts, and our full methodology.

Source: WalletHub


Best Cities for Gamers

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Irvine, CA
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. Orlando, FL
  5. Atlanta, GA
  6. New York, NY
  7. San Jose, CA
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Austin, TX
  10. Raleigh, NC
  11. Las Vegas, NV
  12. San Diego, CA
  13. Washington, DC
  14. Denver, CO
  15. Fremont, CA
  16. Miami, FL
  17. Houston, TX
  18. Anaheim, CA
  19. Sacramento, CA
  20. Dallas, TX
  21. Columbus, OH
  22. Boston, MA
  23. Virginia Beach, VA
  24. Charlotte, NC
  25. Pittsburgh, PA
  26. Minneapolis, MN
  27. Portland, OR
  28. Indianapolis, IN
  29. Chicago, IL
  30. San Antonio, TX
  31. Cincinnati, OH
  32. Louisville, KY
  33. Santa Ana, CA
  34. Tampa, FL
  35. Madison, WI
  36. Plano, TX
  37. Phoenix, AZ
  38. Fort Worth, TX
  39. Garland, TX
  40. Jersey City, NJ
  41. Aurora, CO
  42. Irving, TX
  43. Colorado Springs, CO
  44. Arlington, TX
  45. Gilbert, AZ
  46. Chandler, AZ
  47. Scottsdale, AZ
  48. Durham, NC
  49. Oklahoma City, OK
  50. Tucson, AZ
  51. Jacksonville, FL
  52. Chesapeake, VA
  53. Henderson, NV
  54. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  55. St. Paul, MN
  56. Oakland, CA
  57. Nashville, TN
  58. North Las Vegas, NV
  59. Glendale, AZ
  60. Long Beach, CA
  61. Chula Vista, CA
  62. Riverside, CA
  63. Omaha, NE
  64. Kansas City, MO
  65. Mesa, AZ
  66. Bakersfield, CA
  67. Albuquerque, NM
  68. Lincoln, NE
  69. Baltimore, MD
  70. Honolulu, HI
  71. Philadelphia, PA
  72. St. Louis, MO
  73. Fort Wayne, IN
  74. New Orleans, LA
  75. Lubbock, TX
  76. Anchorage, AK
  77. Norfolk, VA
  78. Milwaukee, WI
  79. Reno, NV
  80. Buffalo, NY
  81. Tulsa, OK
  82. Newark, NJ
  83. Boise, ID
  84. Fresno, CA
  85. Birmingham, AL
  86. Baton Rouge, LA
  87. Wichita, KS
  88. Corpus Christi, TX
  89. Stockton, CA
  90. El Paso, TX
  91. San Bernardino, CA
  92. Greensboro, NC
  93. St. Petersburg, FL
  94. Winston-Salem, NC
  95. Toledo, OH
  96. Hialeah, FL
  97. Cleveland, OH
  98. Memphis, TN
  99. Laredo, TX
  100. Detroit, MI

Source: WalletHub

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