Women in competitive gaming and why are there so few?

Women in competitive gaming and why are there so few?

Representation of women in competitive esports is at a low despite a large user base and women in various roles behind the scenes.  We want to know why.

The world of esports is a highly competitive arena. With a high amount of adrenaline running through the veins of each competitor at every tournament, it is a rush every time you score that important point for the team. The sport has mostly been dominated by males in the past decade or so.

Not many teams are comprised of purely female – less even are mixed-gender teams. The question is why? Why are not more female esports athletes in the spotlight as there are males out there?

A report by Womeningames.org in 2016 states that women esports athletes only make up about 5% of the total esports scene – which is very paltry, to say the least. It is still a boy’s game right now. Fortunately, the numbers are growing year by year, bolstered by the rise of big names in esports competitive gaming.

At the same time, as of the end of 2020, none of the top 10 earners for esports are women. And even then, the top woman player earns only 1/20th of what the top male earner earns.

 Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn from Canada is a Starcraft II player who earned about $390,000 in 2020 — far lower than what the top esports male earns, which can go into the millions. 

 Joona “Serral” Sotala , the top SCII player, easily earns almost three times as much as Scarlett received in the same period.

Instead, more women in esports are turning to streaming to showcase their talents in their chosen game. The biggest name in streaming right now is  Pokimane – with over 7 million followers on Twitch as of 2020.


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