An industry that was, until then, largely gender-neutral, and included many women at both the executive and development levels, began scrabbling around for a way out of a financial hole. And I guess that was the thing: they grew out of it and I never did. Going by the username Xminks, Chelsea has become renowned for her skills in Call of Duty — so much so that playing it online has become her bread and butter. Audiences for game tournaments routinely surpass those of mainstream television — yet somehow the scene manages to retain the illusion of being a subculture. It demonstrated, more than anything, that there are deep pockets of vitriol in the gaming world reserved especially for women. But if half the gaming population is female, how could a generation of female gamers grow up knowing so few other women who play?
Evelynn. Age: 25.
At a platform level, Twitch does give users some control, allowing streamers to ban abusive or unwanted users from interacting with them in chat.
Gloria. Age: 28.
The women who make a living gaming on Twitch
While there are numerous men whose live gaming careers seem not to be hampered by their age, the number of women over the age of 30 visible in the gaming sphere is comparatively low. Lien explains how in , the video game market spectacularly collapsed, largely as a result of being flooded with sub-par product. Going by the username Xminks, Chelsea has become renowned for her skills in Call of Duty — so much so that playing it online has become her bread and butter. Two years ago Chelsea quit her job as a pharmacy technician to play video games.