Women viewership in esports has exceeded 30%

Feb 22 2019 2 min read

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Women are yet to occupy a tangible niche in esports with an absolute majority of teams consisting of males right now, but at least women are getting as interested in observing esports events as men. Not quite equal though, but the gender distribution in viewership is slowly approaching a 50/50 mark. For the time being, it’s 30/70 in the favour of men.

The recent study by Interpret shows a steady year-over-year growth in terms of women viewership. Female viewers contributed to 23.9% of views in 2016, but two years later, we have a significant change with 30.4% of views attributed to girls in Q4, 2018. It shouldn’t be surprising that women are getting more into esports fandom, and even if it does sound sexist, you have to admit that watching males compete with each other is the usual thing for females. In terms of gender representation in esports, this is a huge step forwards within a male-dominated industry.

One might argue that video games are historically more appealing to men, but there’s nothing wrong with women taking their rightful place. All we can wish our female readers is to git gud in order to finally reach the stellar heights of esports popularity that are being commonly taken by men. Who knows, maybe the next Ninja will be a female? And what if existing Ninja changes gender?


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