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Guess Who Games More: Women or Men?

    2015/10/29

    Women have claimed a majority in the electronic revolution.

    Separate studies show that women make up more than half of the world’s video game players. Females are more likely to grab a smart phone or a tablet for a casual game.

    Competitive online gaming is still a male-dominated sport. But that is changing.

    Members of the PMS Clan, a group of professional women gamers, Alexis Hebert, seated, and Felicia Williams play an X-Box game titled
    Members of the PMS Clan, a group of professional women gamers, Alexis Hebert, seated, and Felicia Williams play an X-Box game titled "Splinter Cell" at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) Friday, May 12, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Only three years ago, women were 49 percent of “gamers,” says the Internet Advertising Bureau. Now, women are 52 percent of gamers, the bureau says.

    Women are embracing the gaming industry as professionals, too. Some employ coaches and staffs. Some exceptional players -- like South Korea’s ToSsGirl, or Scarlett of Canada – use gamer nicknames. They earn professional endorsement deals.

    Matches and tournaments happen weekly. Female teams have formed worldwide. Women travel to compete for world championships.

    The stereotype of the teenage gaming addict is becoming a myth. A study by Pixwoo.com – a social network for gamers – says the average player is 35 years old. The typical player is a parent with one child and works 32 hour a week.

    In all, 1.2 billion people play video games, says the 2013 State of Online Gaming Report. It mentioned “the rising power of women and mothers within the online gaming sector.” One report statistic noted that 73 percent of Turkish women aged 35 to 44 play online games.

    The report said women prefer puzzle, quiz and word games. Men like racing, sports and action games.

    International gaming expositions and shows are planned throughout Europe and Australia. Paris is hosting a games week that began October 28.

    I'm Anne Ball.

    Michael O’Sullivan reported on this story for VOANews.com. Jim Dresbach adapted this story for Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.

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    Words in This Story

    gamer – n. a video game player

    tournament – n. a competition or series of contests that involves many players or teams and that usually continues for at least several days

    addict – n. a person who likes or enjoys something very much and spends a large amount of time doing it

    myth – n. an idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true