The NPD Group's "Online Gaming 2013" study has concluded that 72 percent of the 8,867 gamers they surveyed in the U.S. are playing online to some degree. According to NPD, this represents a 5 percent increase from their 2012 findings. Their report also finds that the average amount of time gamers have spent playing "across the majority of devices surveyed" on a weekly basis has similarly grown 9 percent year-on-year (6 percent in the case of online gaming).
Perhaps unsurpringly PC remains the top online gaming platform, but PC's hold on pole position has actually slipped 4 percent year-on-year to 68 percent of gamers surveyed. Online gaming on mobile devices on the other hand increased 12 percent since last year.
NPD notes that 62 percent of the gamers surveyed still preferred purchasing software in physical format compared to digital download, though this is down from the 65 percent reported last year. Physical format software haven't yet been held back from benefitting from digital content, which in the end helps contribute to more gamers wanting get their platforms online to access these features.