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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:E-sports? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @08:43AM (#46285235)

    E-Sport is a real thing with wide use, yes. There's quite a bit of money involved as well, depending on which game.

    Video games are called e-sports when played in a professional setting, in organized tournaments etc.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @08:55AM (#46285305)

    Calling it just a video game takes away the legitimacy of it as a activity in a professional setting. I agree they aren't athletics, but they are certainly sports.

    E-sports are organised and played by professionals, depending on which game they make their entire living from playing and sponsorships (eg. many Starcraft players).

  • Re:Huh? (Score:4, Informative)

    by nospam007 (722110) * on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @01:04PM (#46288019)

    "A deer perhaps not, ..."

    Sorry I was too fast. A guy named Clarence Gerkin achieved that goal and was actually shot by a deer.

    http://news.google.com/newspap... [google.com]

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