Female Esports Players: A Force to Be Reckoned With!
Mar 6, 2019 • 6 min read
Happy International Women’s Day!
Today we celebrate women’s achievement in different fields and of course, our beloved esports world. There’s often a misconception that esports is millennial men exclusive but the number of women watching and playing esports is in fact blooming. This article will offer a closer look at how great female players are doing and how platforms, such as Plair, are bridging the gender gap in the esports realm.
How Well are Female Players Doing?
1. Top Female Pro Esports Players
As of today, Canadian esports player Sasha Hostyn (Scarlett) earns up to $302,845 USD throughout her career, ranking the top among the highest earning female players. The record is followed by Katherine Gunn (Mystik) with $122,000 USD. Accumulated 40,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 220,000 followers on Twitch, Katherine’s massive following on social media has made her a female legend.
2. Fan Favorite Female Streamers
While some talented female decided to go pro, some chose another path - to become streaming influencers. Esports fans must have heard of Twitch personalities such as Kristen Valnicek (KittyPlays) and Sonja Reid (OMGitsfirefoxx). These popular role models contribute to fun content online and they definitely deserve a round of applause.
3. More Women Watch and Play Esports
More surveys show esports is getting more diverse. A report from Nielsen Games concluded that women now make up approximately 25% of the U.S. fan base while a more recent survey released on Feb 2019 by market researcher, Interpret, indicates women now make up 30% of esports audience. Interpret also reports that women’s viewership of esports grew from 23.9 % of all watchers in 2016 to 30.4 % in the 4th quarter of 2018. The fact that women’s passion and talents are being recognized proves women should not be neglected in the esports scene.
From the highest earning female competitors, popular Twitch streamers to individual female players, the esports world is fun because of the diversity!
How Blockchain-based Esports Platforms are Bridging the gap?
Aiming to take down the barriers for female, Plair platform provides a fair playfield. We also serve as an open platform holding quality content that motivates female. There will be lessons and coaching in the long-term where female players can set root and encourage other women to play.
Meanwhile, our ultimate goal is to empower individual players to financially sustain their own gaming style, that is, to tackle the problem of big disparity earnings. The prize pool for female tournaments and pro gamers earning are far less than male players now. Companies often have less incentive to offer female teams sponsorship. Plair will cooperate with non-endemic and endemic esports leagues and create commercial value for them. Plair believes that skills should be the determining factor for pool prize but not gender. Our "organize tournament function" supports semi-pro players to create their own tournament to practice, earn PLA as a form of income and build community.
We hope to see mainstream gamers becoming more diverse. Let’s raise awareness against bias and make esports a world that embraces every individual!