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