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E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male 320

Posted by Soulskill
from the why-competitions-always-have-that-smell dept.
An anonymous reader writes "An e-sports production company has published the results of a survey into the demographics of the gamers who attend competition events. Even though nearly half of the gaming population is composed of women, they account for less than 10% of the players in competitions. The e-sports company, WellPlayed, said, '[A] whopping 90-94% of the viewers were male, and interestingly enough, only about half of the remaining survey takers felt comfortable being identified as female.' The results were taken from survey responses over the past year at competitions for StarCraft 2 and League of Legends. DailyDot makes the point that competitive gaming communities also tend not to be racially diverse. Quoting: 'Although no studies have been done about race in esports, it only takes one trip to a Major League Gaming event to confirm what Cannon says. With the notably racially diverse exception of the fighting-game community, Asians and white Americans make up an enormous portion of esports players and fans. Black and Middle Eastern esports fans are conspicuously missing.'"
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E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

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  • Re:Huh? (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:27AM (#46285101)

    WTF is an e-sport?

    It's a method for insecure nerds to compare their lengths of their video game penises by proxy.

    Understandably, not a lot of women see the appeal.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:31AM (#46285131)

    You can't expect this to have any kind of semblance to any real social sporting institution or to be held to the same standards.

    Quite - despite the purported gender gap and the various potential explanations for it, not even autistic vidya game nerds can keep up with the amount of misogyny required by professional sporting clubs.

    Also they've all got prescriptions for their performance-enhancing adderall, so it's not technically doping.

  • by erroneus (253617) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @10:23AM (#46285539) Homepage

    The porn industry has some amazingly sexist statistics. It's a very sexist industry. Something needs to be done about that!! We have to encourage more women to enjoy watching porn and more men to engage in producing it. Yeah... equality in all business and recreation. That's the ticket!

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