More Women are Now Playing Video Games Than Men

In recent years, women have gotten into geek stuff more than ever. They love playing video games, Star Wars, and many other things we thought only pasty, doughy males with no life enjoyed. Now a new report tells us they may be outnumbering male gamers by a wide margin.

How big of a margin? According to The Independent, which cited a census from Populus for the Internet Advertising Bureau, women account for more than half of gamers in the UK. At first, it was 49% of women were gamers, but in the last three years it’s now up to 52%.

According to the Independent, one reason for the surge in female gamers is apps that provide free games, which has caused a nice uptick in gaming across the board. It’s not just overseas that female gamers have gone up. USA Today tells us that female gamers in the US are now 48% of the market, and it went up from 40% in 2010.

It’s great to see the numbers for female gamers are on the rise here and aboard, there was even an avowed gamer Playboy centerfold, Pamela Horton, who loves League of Legends. Horton told Joystiq, “I’m not materialistic, I don’t dress up all fancy and I don’t know any designer names or anything like that. If you give me $300, I’m going to go to GameStop.

David Konow

David Konow has been a writer for far too long. He has written for Deadline, Indiewire, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, The Wrap, Tom's Games, and many others. He has also authored three books: Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and Reel Terror (St Martins).


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