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From right to left, Nyah Beck, 18, of Northridge and Katherine Correa, 19, of Murrieta play an online game called “Overwatch” at UCI’s eSports arena during a gaming summer camp for girls. (Kevin Chang / Times OC)

Female gaming-enthusiasts have heard harsher jabs like, “Go back to the kitchen” and “We’re going to lose. We have a girl on our team.

According to New York-based market research firm SuperData, male viewership more than doubles female viewership on channels that stream eSports, such as Twitch and Azubu.

“It’s a boys’ club,” said Stephanie Llamas, vice president of research and strategy at SuperData. “You have a lot of males who have used games to feel like a community in a way they might not have otherwise felt, and feeling like someone is intruding and feeling like it’s women is a part of that.

The UCI eSports arena at UC Irvine hosted its first gaming summer camp for girls recently.

The UCI eSports arena at UC Irvine hosted its first gaming summer camp for girls recently

 

 

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