While gaming – and competitive gaming – is gender-inclusive (it’s not like football for example, where men’s teams and women’s teams play separately), men still outnumber women significantly in terms of the number of professional players.

Esports has been criticised by some in recent years for a lack of female professional gamers at the top level and those from minority backgrounds.

The issue has been raised by the media on several occasions and has regularly sparked debate.

In a nutshell, there is a lack of female players at the top level within esports. And while gaming – and competitive gaming – is gender-inclusive (it’s not like football for example, where men’s teams and women’s teams play separately), men still outnumber women significantly in terms of the number of professional players.

There are a selection of women’s-only tournaments out there, but they aren’t at the same level of the world’s biggest esports competitions, in terms of stature and prize money. Some reporting in this area has also confused general gaming with competitive gaming, muddying the matter further.

Because of the lack of diversity, there are several groups in the industry that are working to make esports more inclusive. Women in Games is the not for profit organisation that seeks a games industry, culture and community free of gender discrimination, where full equality of opportunity, treatment and conditions empowers all women to achieve their full potential.

It works in partnership with individual Ambassadors and companies like Dovetail, Outplay, 2K, Creative Assembly, Rockstar, Ubisoft, Sumo and now Barclays Ventures to make equality a reality. Women in Games is over 10 years old and is now officially represented in 30+ different countries.

View the Women in Games website

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