Sexism is alive and well in the gaming industry in the form of gender pay inequality, according to a new report that reveals the top 400 females in eSports only earn barely half of what one male player makes from video game competitions.
According to a report from eGaming Desk using data compiled from eSports Earnings, the professional gaming industry is no different from any other industry where females appear to be paid significantly less than their male counterparts.
The highest-paid professional male gamer is Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, a 25-year-old Dota 2 player who has raked in a hefty sum of $6,889,591.79 from gaming tournaments.
However, as it turns out the cumulative sum of the top 400 women in eSports’ earnings only adds up to $3,030,000 – a number that is less than half of Sundstein’s total earnings.
To compare, the highest-paid professional female gamer is Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn, a 25-year-old StarCraft II player who has won $333,456 through competitions. Scarlett currently ranks at 329 in the list of eSports professionals. She is the only woman in the top 500 earners.
The second-highest earning female gamer is Katherine “Mystik” Gunn, a 31-year-old Halo: Reach player who has won $122,000 from tournaments. Though these numbers are sizeable sums, they’re nothing compared to Sundsteins’ seven-figure earnings.
Even bleaker than this gender pay gap is the fact that Hostyn and Gunn are the only two female players currently earning over $100,000 in games; their fellow female colleagues earn less than six figures from competitive gaming. In contrast, the top 80 highest paid gamers – all male-identifying – earn seven-figure sums, just like Sundstein.
Though there are additional factors at play contributing to this pay gap – Dota 2 tournaments often boast the highest prizes in eSports while StarCraft II’s winnings are humbler in comparison – the reality is still extremely discomforting and frustrating.
The news is particularly upsetting, given that recent reports reveal that female gamers make up 45% of all U.S. gamers and that 33% of the U.S. gaming industry is comprised of adult women.
While it, unfortunately, doesn’t appear these statistics will change anytime soon, bringing light to this inequality can hopefully start a conversation about the gender pay inequality in the eSports industry.
Source: eGaming Desk
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