Video games are not men’s things, much less children’s. A study by the Spanish Association of Video Games indicates that 38.9% of players are adults. As for the gender of the player, 32.8% of women play video games and in the case of men the figure rises to 45.3%. The majority of both sexes play regularly and have nothing to do with the stereotype of player: they have high school and even university studies, and they don’t only play dress up games.
Surprising is that there are more young mothers (between 18 and 29 years) who play video games than women without children. They see it as a way of approaching and creating links with the youngest members of the household. In any case, they spend between half an hour and an hour playing for all the members of the family – who knew a few years ago! Surveys also include Facebook games and mobile phones, however, everything points to platforms like Twitch (a platform that serves to see how a person plays in real time), women still prefer to be anonymous for fear of being harassed through comments.
Which video games do women play?
There are no stereotypes on topics. They play Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda and the Sims, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like hardcore games, since every woman is a world: according to their style and tastes they prefer one or the other game. There are no “boys’ games” or “girls’ games”. They are people’s games. SOME PROFESSIONALS WIN MORE That gamers earn money is not new. But sometimes women earn more than men. In just one competition, Samantha Whale won $7,000 (more than 5,500 euros) for winning third place with her team.
In Europe, Livia Teernstra won 14,000 dollars (more than 11,000 euros) for two tournaments won with Dear or Alive 4. Instead these figures are just a tip compared to what Katherine Gunn has won thanks to a Halo tournament: Reach: more than 122,000 dollars (almost 100,000 euros). It’s said soon.
Women in gaming
The same thing happens in the industry: more and more women can be seen, although there is still more male presence. This has led Facebook to partner with several groups to promote and encourage women in the video game industry, including the non-profit organization Women in Games WIGJ. From now on, the technology giant will seek to interview up to 100 women in its #SheTalksGames section to talk about their experiences and make visible the role of women in this sector. From game developers to marketing and sales positions.
Undoubtedly, women are also becoming empowered in video games, because now it is no longer a stereotype: neither of children, nor of men. They also play and earn money.