The booming eSports industry is projected to grow about 9% per year between now and 2023 (Business Insider). It has created a completely new space for sports practice and has recently been recognized by the Olympics Committee. Interestingly, it is one of the few sports where teams can be of mixed gender and women can compete with and against male players.
That said, it is yet another tech industry with a stark underrepresentation of women. While almost half of all casual gamers are women, there are fewer professional gamers.
一种缩小该性别差距的方法是与电子竞技领域的成功女性展开对话。因此，Ladies Who Tech与复星体育合作，于3月25日邀请了三位优秀的女性演讲者在上海就电竞领域进行讨论。
One of the ways to begin closing this gap is to start a conversation by and with the successful women in eSports. That’s why Ladies Who Tech partnered with Fosun Sports, inviting three incredible female speakers to discuss the industry in Shanghai on March 25.
The event kicked off with Claire Teng, Deputy GM of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, showcasing the current trends and incredible opportunities in the eSports industry.
Linda Zhang, CEO of Fire e-sports highlighted how difficult it is to assemble an all-female team of even 5 players.
The underrepresentation is not the only issue. “Women in eSports are facing more challenges in their career path as well as discrimination,” – noted Zhou Jie, Principle of KA Girl E-Sports Club. Discrimination, harassment, push-back, and a general lack of acceptance are common issues that women in the industry face.
Later, our role models discussed the challenges and potential solutions to the gender gap in the industry.
Linda Zhang finished her talk by encouraging women who feel passionate about a career in eSports to pursue their dream in spite of the challenges — “Only when you dedicate yourself to what you truly love, can you have the passion and persistence to face all of the possible challenges.”
So, jiayou ladies!