Top video game markets in the world

Matthew Fries, a freshman at American University studying broadcast journalism, is an avid video game player - but not a fanatic - who often plays while riding his stationary bicycle so he is getting some exercise. He plays a game in his dorm room in Washington, DC, on February 8. Photo Illustration by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor

The United States remains No. 1, but other countries, notably in Asia, are rising fast. Many countries, too, are sweetening tax incentives to lure video game developers in their quest to create jobs. Here are the top 5 video game markets for 2010, as outlined in a 2011 study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the big accounting and consulting firm.

1. United States

$13.6 billion
The US remains the top country in the world for designing games as well as the place where people spend the most money on video game entertainment – by far. Its market is nearly twice the size of the next largest country, and sales are projected to grow here by 4.6 percent a year through 2015.

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