The rapid development of the esports industry has indeed made campuses and schools involved in this ecosystem including providing scholarships for esports players – even though it has polemics and its relevance as well. Interestingly, according to a study conducted by The Associated Press (AP), the majority of esports scholarship recipients are male.
Male gamers occupied 90.4% of roster positions on the team and 88.5% received scholarships, out of a sample of 27 American public schools surveyed by AP. The difference between these scholarship recipients may indeed be a bit predictable, even though 41% of total gamers in the United States are women (according to the Entertainment Software Association) and there are no physical boundaries that differentiate between women’s and men’s competitions.
“It is sad but not surprising.” Grace Collins, a practitioner in gaming, education, and gender told AP News.
AP actually requested data on players and scholarship recipients from 56 public schools in the US, which are among the 192 participants for the National Association of Collegiate Esports. However, several schools refused to provide data or did not respond.
The number of female gamers who are involved in becoming professional players is in fact very minimal. There may be several reasons why not many female casual gamers are esports athletes. First, women in the gaming and esports industries have an easier and faster alternative to having a career or seeking popularity, namely by exploiting their respective bodies and faces.
Second, from the point of view of male gamers, they may also tend to underestimate women’s abilities and be seen as a sweetener. Third, esports tournaments aimed specifically at women also have difficulty continuing or gaining the same popularity as official esports tournaments where there are almost no female players.
In fact, if we want to be fairer, the struggles of female public figures in the game and esports industry who don’t rely on body exploration are much tougher. Most of the market in the gaming industry itself, which is mostly male, often judges social media celebrities only from their appearance.
Those with attractive looks and bodies can gain popularity faster and easier. On the other hand, those who do not want to explore the body have to fight much harder to reach the same level of popularity. This is what perhaps should be realized and edited to the men who dominate the gaming market.
For that, maybe we need to look further at why the gaming girl trend has increased so rapidly in the last few years. Why is exploration of the body and face a shortcut to gaining popularity? Because what these social media celebrities have to offer (intentionally or not) is an illusion or dream of a dream partner who has the same interests.
The point is like this, if you only talk about looks, celebrities on the big screen or big screen are no less. But most social media users are probably aware that they are at the level of the clouds. Unless you are also a big celebrity, a wealthy businessman, or have a very valuable and rare selling point, celebrities in this class are most likely impossible for you to achieve. Meanwhile, celebrities in the social media class may seem more achievable.
That’s why, usually, social media celebrities who openly claim to have a partner will rapidly decline in popularity; because it shatters the illusions of the fans.
So, for social media users, especially men and singles, believe that social media celebrities also don’t want to be with you if all you do is share, like, retweet, swipe up, or anything else without meaningful interaction and communication. . There is nothing wrong with seeing and assessing a gaming celebrity further than just face and body, such as their ability to play, content creativity, extensive knowledge, or others. Because, after all, the market also determines what kind of content maturity is the new trend in an industry.