Study finds over 760,000 Aussies became gamers during the pandemic

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Has being inside more often made you start playing games for the first time?

Well if so, you’re not alone. In fact, a massive 762,000 Australians have apparently gotten into gaming since the COVID-19 pandemic started, according to Alienware, the computer and computer accessories company. That’s about 4% of our population, without even counting people who played games before social distancing and lockdowns.

Considering much of Australia’s metro population has switched to a more indoor lifestyle since March, it seems like games have become a great backup for a lot of people for a rainy-day situation. Alienware’s study looked at the habits of more than 1,000 Australian adults, seeking to find the impact gaming had on staying connected during the pandemic.

“People all over Australia have been turning to gaming to find a genuine connection and sense of community,” said Ben Jackson, General Manager of Consumer and Small Business at Dell Technologies ANZ. “It’s exciting to welcome so many new gamers to the local community and to have a fun activity that not only entertains but also supports them during these times.”

In terms of staying social, the findings are very positive. 59% of the assessed Australians said that gaming had a positive impact on their overall wellbeing, and 52% say that gaming is a social activity, or is in some capacity ‘social’. 59% of respondents said that gaming can help in building social connections.

It seems gaming is actually helping to brighten people’s moods, too. 42% of people assessed said that gaming helped keep their mind active during stay-home restrictions, with one in five of those expecting their gaming habits to increase.

A family playing a video game

Parents have been picking up controllers

Have your kids started teaching you how to play video games? 44% of parents responding to the survey admitted that stay-home restrictions have lead to them playing online games with their children, while 43% said that their kids have taught them how to game. Although there’s plenty of games out there that are single player and restrictive in terms of how many people can play at once, there’s definitely the space for families to enjoy gaming, be it with multiplayer games or simply learning it as a past time. 13% of Aussies said that gaming helped them connect to family, too.

It’s phenomenal that gaming has seen such a huge increase over the past year here in Australia. It’s certainly welcome to see people aren’t just being driven insane while quarantining, and with so many big game releases coming this year, there might be a lot of fun in staying home for the rest of 2020.

Playing games? Get an internet plan to match

If you’re spending more time gaming these days, you’ll absolutely need a decent internet plan. If you’re playing games online, with other people, or even offline, an internet connection that can handle downloads of file sizes ranging between 10GB and 80GB is absolutely essential, and for consistent online play you’ll need a reliable internet connection all the same. Below you’ll find a table of fast NBN plans that work fine for gamers of all kinds.

Cheap NBN plans compared

Not every gamer needs the fastest internet, and some people like it cheaper. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 25 and NBN 50 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 50 & NBN 100 plans compared

If you’d like your gaming experience to have a little extra kick, these plans will do the job. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 50 and NBN 100 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 250 & NBN 1000 plans compared

If you want an NBN plan with some serious power, an Ultra fast NBN plan is for you – albeit more expensive. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited NBN Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $109 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Gamer Pro Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $119 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $119Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Kogan Logo

Platinum Unlimited

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $116.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $128.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $128.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $128.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power User

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $129 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Superfast NBN

  • Superfast Speed (NBN 250)
  • Typical evening speed: 215Mbps
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard. Redeem by 18/01/2021
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $3,459 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $140Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Kogan Logo

Diamond Unlimited

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $134.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $148.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $148.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $148.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power House

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $149 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $149Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Ultrafast NBN

  • Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000)
  • Typical evening speed: 250Mbps
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard. Redeem by 18/01/2021
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $4,419 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $180Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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