Despite stubborn stereotypes about video games being an overwhelmingly male indulgence, women make up a significant chunk of the gaming public. Almost half, in fact, according to a 2013 report from the Entertainment Software Association. But what about esports specifically?
Games like StarCraft 2 and League of Legends have exploded in recent years thanks in part to the ascent of online services like Twitch that have helped turn all manners of gameplay into a spectator sport. And while it’s hard to find solid demographic data on the burgeoning community, the bits and pieces of information that can be found don’t paint a pretty picture.
First reported by The Daily Dot, the esports production company WellPlayed recently posted the results of a survey about its viewers on Team Liquid, a popular online hub for all things esports-related. The study was conducted over the course of 2013, and covered three major competitive events in StarCraft 2 and League of Legends. Of the 2,040 respondents, just 69 listed themselves as female (an additional 33 put themselves down as “other”).