Mobile eSports Are Becoming More Popular, Thanks to Women

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mobile gaming phone The eSports industry is growing at a steady pace, with bigger and more competitive games joining the scene every year. Popular titles like Starcraft 2, Dota, League of Legends, and Call of Duty regularly have huge tournaments with a lot of money on the line, but one often overlooked segment is mobile eSports. Sure FPS, RTS, and MOBA games will continue to dominate the scene for years to come, but mobile eSports are also seeing a huge increase in popularity. Skillz, the leading company in mobile eSports, has revealed that more than $2 million in prize money were awarded to competitive players in 2014 alone, with the figure set to rise in 2015. But that’s not the surprising bit… According to the company, while most gamers that dabble in PC or console competitive games are male, a large percentage of those who gravitate towards mobile platforms are females well past their teenage years. In fact, almost half of all mobile eSports gamers are women and, of that, 65 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44. The company’s demographics study also revealed that around 38 percent of mobile eSports players are married and nearly 30 percent have children. Two words -- gamer moms… Apparently, $35,000 out of the $2 million prize pool was won by more than 300 players over the age of 65. Gamer grannies? Skillz’s study goes against the popular notion that eSports and gaming in general are something that only young men take part in. Au contraire… “Our mantra, eSports for everyone, is not just lip service,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and Founder of Skillz. “We are proud to have built such a diverse and active community of competitors. There’s no reason that eSports have to be some sort of boy’s club, and we’re happy to lead the charge in creating a more inclusive industry.” We must ask -- do you know any women who are into mobile eSports? Are you one of those women? Let us know in the comments.

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