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Women have ruined men’s cool gamer existence

On the first day of the office after the Easter weekend, I would like to refer to a very interesting, if only partially researched article in “Spectrum of Science”.

It is a question of whether and how many women there are in esport and what impact this has on “men” in esport.

Because women are underrepresented in the development scene, the content of the games is often not very diverse: “They are more likely to appeal to men.” Players are often interested in different games, Hahn believes: “Women play more cooperatively, men more competitive. Women attach great importance to aesthetics, men to the rankings.” This, too, could be one reason why fewer players than players are active in e-sports: they prefer to play with each other – and not against each other.


This is, of course, a steep thesis, which could well be attacked. The same applies to this statement

Against this background, German game developer Sonja Hawranke, co-founder and co-executive director of the game company Golden Orb, questions whether women really prefer to play softe, play cooperative games and prefer to play men around. She knows some women who would like to play shooters. “But many do not identify as a woman,” she says, “they choose male avatars so as not to be identified as women. That’s why sexism is probably a problem.” And on the other hand, she knows men who like to play soft, cooperative games, but don’t address them, “because they’re dismissed as girls” stuff.”

The full article can be found here.

Marian Härtel

Marian Härtel

Marian Härtel is a lawyer and entrepreneur specializing in copyright law, competition law and IT/IP law, with a focus on games, esports, media and blockchain.

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