“Are you a games collector?” survey reveals average size of a collection

Posted on February 23, 2020

Digital games distributor Fanatical recently performed a survey of over 6,000 people to learn how many games someone had to earn before they considered themselves a ‘collector’. Have you ever wondered how many games a collector has in their library, and how close you could be to matching that number? It’s time to find out!

The survey said that 71% of people who consider themselves to be collectors have an average library of 931 games. This does, of course, include both physical and digital copies of games. So don’t forget to count that massive library of unplayed Steam games you have waiting on your computer. The average number of games owned by those who participated in the survey peaked at 770, so it looks like most people are pretty close to being a “collector”. Then there are the more extreme cases: 23% of people taking the survey said they have over 1,000 games in their collection. Some even boasted bigger numbers, all the way up to 20,000. 


Just a small portion of collector Aaron N.'s 1,500+ collection (2014)
Just a small portion of collector Aaron N.’s (Nintendo Twizer) 1,500+ collection (2014)


In addition to the number of games that they own, the survey also asked about what players enjoy most – and least – in gaming. The thing that players said was the best about the gaming industry today was the amount of choice available. Nowadays, there are games in almost every genre imaginable. “Gamers in 2020 have more choice than ever before when it comes to games,” a survey respondent said. “2D, 3D, VR, horror, sci-fi, racing, adventure – there’s a game out there for anyone and everyone.” 

The thing that gamers like the least, rather unsurprisingly, turned out to be microtransactions. The majority of gamers stated that they preferred to pay for a game once up front, not having to continue making small payments throughout play, regardless of whether the purchases effects gameplay or customisation. Head over to Fanatical to check out the infographic they made, and to see the full details about the information learned in the survey. Based on the findings of the survey, are you a collector?