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The eSports industry and competitive scene is booming. And it’s only natural that more and more female gamers have started streaming and playing in tournaments. We provide you with a overview of the current status and give you an outlook to the future of female gamers.
A quite engaging TV series is being aired on Fox these days called Pitch, which is still in its first season. The scenario is that a major baseball franchise adds a woman to the team. And with that comes all the pressure to that particular woman of making a mark in the male dominated industry. This points to the matter of the role of women in the eSports industry.
Well, if we take a look at it theoretically, professional gaming should be more readily available to the female gamers as compared to baseball. Still, the impact of women on the professional level is kind of lacking at the moment. Let’s have a look on why.
The feminist concerns should be the very first thing to be talked about. According to a lot of female activists, it is a sign of discrimination that there are apparently no females at the top of the ladder of the eSports industry. And that might even be true to some degree. However, the eSports professional scene is still young and it is evident that more and more women are interested in becoming pro gamers.
As of now, not just the players but the sponsors, owners, and staff members want to win the tournaments more than anything. If a female Amer “Miracle-” Barqawi or Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok comes into the game, would anyone care that the player is a girl? No, the owners of the teams would sign them hands down. Even on an amateur level, no one knows the player is male or female until they use voice chat. Moreover, it would be definitely a great boost in terms of publicity if a professional eSports team decided to add a female gamer to its roster.
So, where is the skill from the females that sends a chill down in our spine?
One should be aware that for all the major tournaments there are open qualifiers in which women can participate and if they are skilled enough, they go on to the big stage. No physical interaction is required in eSports as compared to other sports, but only sharp thinking and fast hands are needed to achieve something big. That makes the sport a level playing field, so it doesn’t make sense to blame the organizers when only male teams advance.
Female gamers seem to be less skilled than their male counterparts – at the moment. Due to the rising popularity of eSports, it is almost certain that many women will improve their skills and work hard to enter the competitive scene. Most of the big tournaments nowadays have open qualifiers, in which any team can join and strive to qualify. The fact that we have not seen a single female team advance through these qualifiers is testimony enough to the fact that the skill gap is still present.
However, it is basically just a matter of time before we see the first female team playing at the highest level. The eSports scene has been basically dominated by men of the past decade. That’s because games used to be considered to be created for men and boys only. But that’s not the case anymore.
There are several male teams which perform much better than the female teams and yet do not qualify for major tournaments. While everyone would love to see a female top in the top rung of teams, no one would want a lower skilled team (male or female) to be playing at the top level.
Nevertheless, teams have to realize that women can be just as good at video games – it’s not a question of gender, it’s about how much effort and time you spend to improve your skill. Once all parties have realized that we will see an increased number of mixed teams and maybe in a few years we will even see a female-only team at the top.
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