The growth of the female gaming scene
In occasion of the International Woman’s Day 2018, we took a closer look into the Female Gaming Scene and it’s development over the last years.
The relationship between women and video games has received extensive academic, corporate, and social attention. Since the 1990s female gamers have commonly been regarded as a minority, but industry surveys have shown that in time the gender ratio has become closer to equal.
But sadly, as a former male dominated hobby, woman must deal with sexism in video games even in the virtual worlds, including sexual harassment, especially in Online games. Also, the underrepresentation of women as characters in games, is an increasing topic of discussion in video game culture.
Online Streaming platforms just for gaming like Twitch, are as popular nowerdays as never before. Content Creators on these platforms – Men and Woman – presenting games and creating shows for hundreds and thousands of gaming interested viewers. Successful Streamers can make a good living out of what they get from streaming and sponsorships.
There are organizations that even offer scholarships for female streamers, who cannot pay the high cost of collage on their own, just like a regular scholarship for sports or remarkable students.
As a fast-growing market, the esport industry reaches more and more people every day and that obviously includes women’s as well. So it is no surprise at all, that there is a part of the industry that is in particular built for female professional gamers only.
Currently there are major leagues and tournaments in games like “CS:GO“ and “League of Legends“ for the female only community.
The professional female teams are in no way inferior compared to their male counterparts, that includes fulltime sponsorships and the ability to make a living out of being a professional female gamer. Multiple teams are simultaneously sponsoring male and female teams.
In case you missed it, there was even a huge international summer festival in 2017 held in Macau, China only for professional female gamers. Hosting a diversity of tournaments and meet-and-greet events throughout its course. The organizers even gave away the largest prize pool for an international female-focused Esports festival ever, which was 30.000USD to promote the ever-expanding female enthusiast’s community. With the agenda to develop and educate the participants in sectors like: “The future of Esports as a sport“and “Esports for Economy and Tourism diversification“.
Female esports athletes and famous social media streamers also participated on panel discussions to raise awareness and find solutions to the challenges they face in a male-dominated industry.
In the end, you can clearly say that women made their way into gaming – and it seems that they’re not letting gender barriers stop them.
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