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Women enjoy games as much as men, but don’t identify as “gamers”

(REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa)

While roughly the same amount of men and women play video games — 50 percent vs 48 percent — women are much less likely to call themselves “gamers,” a new study by the Pew Research Center finds. Only 6 percent of women identify as “gamers,”  compared to 15 percent of men, and those numbers are even more split in the 18 – 29 age group, where 33 percent of men and a mere 9 percent of women call themselves gamers. This may have to do with the way gaming is perceived: the study also revealed that most people believe that the majority of those playing video games are men. “There’s clearly something there that makes young women say, ‘Gosh, I don’t identify with this community,’” video game developer Brianna Wu told the Huffington Post. “Anyone can look at the video game industry and see the product we put out and say we suck at representing women. It’s a very predictable consequence of 30 years of making video games a boys club.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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