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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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  • equality of outcome (Score:5, Interesting)

    by stenvar (2789879) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:18AM (#46285037)

    Well, according to the "equality of outcome" school of thinking that dominates progressive thinking and policies, this amounts to racism. Therefore, the government must intervene in order to restore the preferred state, namely a statistically representative distribution of all genders and races.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E... [wikipedia.org]

  • Gender gap: so what? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:33AM (#46285165)

    Prostitution Gender Gap: 95% female, 5% male.
    I don't see social programs toward moving more males into prostitution. Nobody sees this a problem.
    Why anyone should see gender inequality in gaming as 1st world problem?
    Let girls be girls.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:36AM (#46285189)
    Well, the strong independent womyns that ain't need no man could just organize their own competition in Bejeweled or whatever they are playing. Nobody forbids them that.
  • by CastrTroy (595695) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @10:10AM (#46285419) Homepage
    Cost of entry. Even as a white dude with a decent income, hockey is one of the few things that is off the table for my kids, because it's just too expensive. The amount of training that people put their kids through in Hockey in unlike any sport out there. You won't see kids who only ever played on an outdoor rink making it into the professional leagues. 20 years ago, that might have happened. But parents now spend thousands of dollars per year putting their kids in training camps, travelling leagues, and all other sorts of expensive endeavors, making the sport completely inaccessible to low income families, and even middle income families who don't want to devote all their resources to the sport.
  • by Luckyo (1726890) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @10:24AM (#46285541)

    http://psychology.wichita.edu/... [wichita.edu]

    The numbers pretty much match up. This is simply a gender based preference. Argument that "women play more but are discriminated against in competitive scene" which is what these claims usually push appears to be patently false - the issue is that women are simply not interested in comeptitive gaming, preferring cooperative gaming instead.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by wisnoskij (1206448) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @10:29AM (#46285591) Homepage

    But women do not, in 90% of the cases, play Starcraft.

    Also, I think you should research more into darts, snooker, etc. In more sports like this Women are allowed to complete in male tournaments (the male leagues are actually unisex), they just are not able to actually win or qualify. Hand-eye coordination is a physical ability, and tends to have huge gender based differences. The real professional athletes know this, as they actually follow the sport. We have decades of hard data on this, and do you think professional women athlete never interact with their male peers? The only people who think that women and men should compete in the same leagues are people who do not even watch the sports they are suggesting be changed.

    There is not a single sport that I know of that women and men actually compete at the same level at. They are different in every single way (their brains are wired more differentially than their physical bodies are), so they do better or worse based on these differences in every sport out there.

  • by Cederic (9623) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @12:50PM (#46287203) Journal

    Medics and Lawyers were all men in the past. Today half are women.

    More women than men entering those professions now. Strangely there's little outcry from feminists about this, no demands for subsidies or positive action to help men.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Smauler (915644) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @01:03PM (#46287377)

    Women don't score as well as men in darts. In the BDO darts finals [wikipedia.org], only once in the last 20 years have either of the male finalists averaged less than the best ever women's average in a final, and that was last year. Only once has a male finalist averaged less than 80, and that was Leighton Rees losing in a whitewash back in 1979 - Anastasia Dobromyslova won the woman's final in 2009 with an average of 73.95. Men regularly average over 90 in the finals, which has never been achieved by a woman.

    Where did you get the idea women were as good as men at darts?

  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by NotDrWho (3543773) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @01:59PM (#46287959)

    I suspect that if a female were out there that could really play well in e-sports, her gender would not only not be a disadvantage, but a serious advantage as far as attracting sponsors and attention. Look at Danica Patrick. Do you think she would be making as much in sponsorship deals if she were a guy with the same record? Shit, she was getting huge endorsement deals before she had even won a single race. A women who can compete head-to-head with guys in just about *any* sport is going to be CELEBRATED, not discouraged.

    Look, in e-sports, if someone is good and wants to play, they're going to rise to the top. The notion that there are scores of women out there who are secretly great players, but too meek to enter competitions because they're afraid of some player insulting them, is not only ridiculous, it's insulting to women. Your thesis is that women must be treated special because they're too frail and weak to hang with men, and shrink like violets the first time some guy calls them a name in a game. I don't buy that for a second. They're not at the competitions because they don't want to be. And trying to get them there by force is not only insulting to them and their choice, but it's also going to increase resentment among the male players who'll then see them as affirmative-action newbs who didn't earn their way there like everyone else had to.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.

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