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eSports Gender, Race and Culture

eSports Gender, Race and Culture
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Copyright: 2020
Pages: 24
Source title: Implications and Impacts of eSports on Business and Society: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): David J. Finch (Mount Royal University, Canada), Norm O'Reilly (University of Guelph, Canada), Gashaw Abeza (Towson University, USA), Brad Clark (Mount Royal University, Canada) and David Legg (Mount Royal University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1538-9.ch006


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Gaming culture has often courted controversy, whether for its association with sloth, its violent content, or sexist depictions of female characters. In the narrower context of eSports, instances of misogyny, racism, and homophobia remain an ongoing concern. Despite the fact that women and racialized groups make up a significant proportion of the gaming public, eSports viewership among those groups is proportionally much lower. Moreover, analyses in this chapter show that women and people of color comprise a fraction of the top streamers on Twitch, as well as the broadcast face of eSports media coverage, the casters. Despite efforts to educate users and regulate the conduct of players and streamers, the eSports community continually runs into controversy. While the industry grapples with its image related to social justice and equity, the clear lack of diversity in eSports excludes a large and important demographic, and thus limits its economic growth. Reforms have been slow to come, and some argue have had impact.

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