Girl Power in the Gaming Industry Continues to Raise While Earnings Grossly Trail Behind Compared to their Male Counterparts
While gaming is a significant enterprise dominated by men more and more women are entering esports and making a name for themselves. Higher end tournaments participants can win up to $2 million a competition while the smaller tournaments can appeal to champions with tens of thousands of dollars, not counting the positive aftermath of product endorsements opportunities that arise for the winners.
Esports Bets graphic includes a few of their vital stats, and the men with the most comparable experience in the same games so you can see how their earnings compare. And as demonstrated by the graphic, women earnings grossly trail behind in similar categories with their males counterparts.
A report released by Newzoo makes the prediction that esports revenues will reach $696 million this year and grow to $1.5 billion by 2020 as brand investment doubles.
Peter Warman, CEO at Newzoo said in a statement “Esports is not only growing exponentially as a new independent business and industry, but it is also accelerating the convergence of various established industries. For brands, media, and entertainment companies, esports provides a chance to capitalize on the favorite pastime of digital natives and Millennials: playing games and watching game content. With the arrival of live streams and events, gaming has entered the realm of broadcasters and media that can now apply their advertising business model to a market previously out of reach for them.”
Cherchez La Femme
According to an Esports Bets, the top women focused their gaming skills primarily on the games Counter-Strike, Dead or Alive, Street Fighter, Starcraft, and Halo. The top earners among them were as follows:
- Sacha Hostyn – The world’s foremost female Starcraft II player, Hostyn goes by the username “Scarlett”. She’s only 23 years old and has already won $197,172 on the game.
- Katherine Gunn – Gunn, known as “Mystik”, players on some games, but with a focus on Halo: Reach. She’s part of Team EnVyUs, and has won $122,000 since she started playing. Notably, she’s the only woman in the top 11 who’s earnt more than a male Halo player of the same experience – Jason Brown, who’s earnt $45,200.
- Ricki Ortiz – Ortiz plays for the major esports team Evil Geniuses, being a Street Fighter She says she hates playing online due to the lag but has still managed to win $80,530 just on offline matches.
- Marjorie Bartell – Marjorie “Kasumi Chan” Bartell isn’t just a Dead or Alive 4 She’s also a software developer for a financial services company (in her free time). She’s won $55,000 from her games.
- Sarah Harrison – Like Bartell, British esports player Harrison, under the name “Sarah Lou,” has made her mark on fighting game Dead or Alive 4, and won $ 50,000. Her older sister Ruth is also in the Dead or Alive esports scene.
View the full list below and notice the 718% pay gap between the top male and female esports tournaments champions.
Male and Female Pay Gap
Apparently, the world of esports has a long way to go before it reaches equality between men and women and The Scope Weekly hopes that the present injustice won’t discourage more women to enter the playing field.
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