A study reveals that 59% of women have hidden their gender when playing online to avoid sexist discrimination, something that three out of four women have suffered.
A study once again reveals discrimination and harassment online players suffer just because they are women. Reach3 Insights firm and technology brand Lenovo produced this report after asking more than 900 women in the United States, Germany and China on their gambling habits and the representation of women in games.
The result is that 77% of those surveyed admitted having suffered some kind of discrimination based on their gender playing online, the majority negative comments about their playing ability (70%) and receiving patronizing comments (50%). 65% mentioned having suffered “gatekeeping”, that is, sexist attitudes and comments suggesting that I am “less gamer” just because I am a woman. 44% even said that they received “unwanted relationship requests.”
To avoid this kind of situation, more than half (59%) hide their gender playing online.
The survey also asked about gambling habits, with the majority playing games. video game genres traditionally considered “hardcore”88% played competitive games, 75% played action survival games, and 66% played shooters.
The positive part is that most were happy with the portrayal of women in video games, which has changed a lot in recent years, to be more diverse and egalitarian. 80% were happy with the representation of women in AAA games, a percentage that rose to 91% with indie games.
However, many agree that there are ways to improve the industry. 71% agreed that they would like video game ads to show more women playing games, while 61% ask that video game companies form female-only eSports teams competing at the highest levels. Recently, Valorant introduced a project for help women and minorities enter the competitive scene.
Within the Government, United We can also raised a bill that facilitates the entry of women into all professional video game sectors, after analyzing that they only represent 16.5% of the people directly employed. Their plans go through the formation of a plan to achieve equal pay, and promote education so that the youngest understand the importance of the equality law, so that prejudices and sexist actions are eliminated in the future.
This article was published in Hobby Consolas by Javier Escribano.