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E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male 320

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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  • Great (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:17AM (#46285029)
    Wonderful. Another story based on the assumption that absolutely everyone should be absolutely equally interested in absolutely everything.

    *Shock* *amazement* they're not. Unless the venue is telling women, black people, and Middle Eastern people they're not allowed in the door, there is no story here.

    Oh and if women are uncomfortable identifying themselves as female, maybe it's because stories like this keep making it into a Great Big Deal. Maybe they just want to be a person and not *OMFG A WOMAN IS HERE!* all the time.
  • by fredprado ( 2569351 ) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:28AM (#46285103)
    Men and women are not equal in everything, regardless of what people may want to belief. There are differences in physical and mental capabilities, career inclinations and aspirations and a lot of other physical and psychological traits. Trying to conform men to women behavior and women to men behavior is a violence our political society tries to do to people, is ironically comparable to what it did in the past trying to make homosexual people straight.

    In this day and age, where laws do not only grant equality of rights, but try to enforce equality of results, whenever there is a gender gap it is because it is part of what makes us different and the freer we get to choose the greater the gender gap will become. In a general manner, social gaps that can be closed by force are social gaps that should not be closed.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:29AM (#46285117)

    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]

    The only way government could do that is to use force or threat of force to either: Force members of $MinorityGroup to attend events they don't want to attend, or Force $WhiteMales to stay away from events they want to attend. Both options would, in and of themselves, be institutionalized racism.

    Institutionalized racism in the name of fighting racism is one of the worst kinds because its supporters can convince themselves they're doing a good thing. It's sort of like all the wars and killings and torture conducted in the name of Jesus, a man who preached and conducted quite the opposite.

    The best thing we could do is to make it illegal to even collect such statistics. The government should have no interest whatsoever in what color your skin is. We are all supposed to be equal. A colorblind society is how you would achieve that. The only "problem" is it would provide one less reason to manipulate and socially engineer and then these people would have to learn to accept that life is not always the way they insist it should be. A bit like growing up actually.

  • Re:Great (Score:2, Insightful)

    by flintmecha ( 1134937 ) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:30AM (#46285119)

    Or maybe it's because that 90% majority of males is largely toxic, vulgar, immature, misogynist, and unwelcoming, and say shit like "OMFG A WOMAN IS HERE!" and tell women what they should do or say or feel about the men who act that way.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by loonycyborg ( 1262242 ) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:30AM (#46285123)
    You know, sports like football are just games too, only not not software-assisted.
  • Re:Great (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @09:37AM (#46285195)

    Or maybe it's because that 90% majority of males is largely toxic, vulgar, immature, misogynist, and unwelcoming, and say shit like "OMFG A WOMAN IS HERE!" and tell women what they should do or say or feel about the men who act that way.

    <sarcasm>Yes 90% of males are all that way, just like 90% of black people want to steal your car.</sarcasm> Yes that is how you sound.

    You just announced that you are perfectly fine with bigotry as long as you like the choice of target. Guess what? Every bigot operates that way.

    Congratulations, you are part of the problem. If you ever learn to stop hating men you don't know who haven't done anything against you, you can be part of the solution. Then together we can speak out against the few troublemakers who think exactly the way you do now, except their target of bigotry happened to be women.

  • by ildon ( 413912 ) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @10:00AM (#46285329)

    The problem with saying "half of gamers are female" is in how you identify someone as a "gamer." If you identify someone who plays phone games but doesn't own a console and hasn't purchased a AAA game since they left high school as a "gamer," you're not going to be pulling from the same pool as people who would be interested in actually playing StarCraft II or League of Legends competitively. For the purposes of identifying the gender game in e-sports, those casual gamers are not "gamers." And if that means that the pool of available players shifts to something like 75% male (I have no idea if this is true or not, this is entirely a hypothetical), then the gender gap does not appear *as* bad (but obviously would still exist). And if that means the pool shifts to 90% male, then the gender game as it applies to e-sports basically does not exist, because the gender gap in e-sports would be a result of the gender game in competitive games in general, and not an e-sports specific problem.

  • by wisnoskij ( 1206448 ) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @10:00AM (#46285331) Homepage

    I have to disagree.
    When the competitors have to train harder than real sports athletes and have shorter shelf lives than Olympic athletes, it is a real sport.

    E-sports simply is more competitive, and shows of far more impressive, super-human, skill than its RL analogue.

  • by slashmydots ( 2189826 ) on Wednesday February 19, 2014 @10:20AM (#46285509)
    That's because testosterone makes us competitive and aggressive where as most women find a lot of games pointless. That is THE reason, this isn't a problem, this isn't sexism, and this isn't an article worth reading. The end.

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