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The Super Smash Sisters Are Encouraging Badarse Women To Compete At Smash

Toeing the line between camaraderie and fierce competition is near-impossible, especially in fighting games communities, but the Super Smash Sisters have mastered it, with bite.


The Struggle To Bring More Women Into Game Development

Gary Gygax, biological determinist and creator of Dungeons & Dragons, once told a reporter for Icon magazine that “gaming in general is a male thing… Everybody who’s tried to design a game to interest a large female audience has failed. And I think that has to do with the different thinking processes of men and women.”


Twitch Player: I'm Done Being A 'Boobie Streamer'

“I am officially retiring as a boobie streamer, or a titty streamer, if you will,” said Raihnbowkidz, a woman who broadcasts League of Legends on Twitch.


Esports Team Pulls Article Suggesting Emotions And Poor Choices Are Holding Women Back

The gender split in gaming as an overall industry has been very close to 50/50 over the last few years in Australia. We know that thanks to the regular Digital Australia studies conducted by Bond University. But like the rest of the world, that’s not the case in esports. It’s male dominated and is likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

So people ask themselves: how do you get more women into the world of esports? And how do you encourage more women gamers to remain in the competitive scene? One major esports organisation tried to explore that conundrum recently — in the worst way possible.


Why People Are Arguing About Women Streamers Showing Skin

For the past few days, popular Twitch broadcasters and their audiences have been embroiled in a heated debate. The topic? Women streamers and whether they should — or shouldn’t — be showing skin on stream.


Ubisoft Responds To Assassin's Creed Female Character Controversy

News that Ubisoft scuttled plans for including female playable characters in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity was met by scorn and derision by many video game commentators last night. Now, Kotaku has an official statement from Ubisoft on the controversy.


Ubisoft Cut Plans For Female Assassins In Unity

The next big Assassin’s Creed game and the first to appear exclusively on next-generation consoles won’t let people play as female assassins in a new cooperative multiplayer mode, Ubisoft said this week at E3. Speaking in an interview with Polygon, Unity creative director Alex Amancio said that while they originally planned to include female assassins, the “reality of production” made adding the additional characters too costly.


The First Woman To Set An Arcade Game Record In Nearly 30 Years

On Saturday, September 19, at the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Chicago, Illinois, 30-year-old Caitlin Oliver set the new world record for the arcade version of Namco’s classic beat-em up, Splatterhouse. According to video game historian Patrick Scott Patterson, the last time a woman set an arcade game world record, Caitlin was around one-year-old.


Survey: There Aren't Many Women In The Video Games Business

The Border House has posted scans of the results of last year’s Game Developer Magazine survey, which is about as thorough examination of the demographics of the video game business as you can get. It’s interesting on many levels, firstly for seeing how much developers get paid, but then for seeing how many women there are in the industry.


If Video Games Are Going To Grow Up, Then The Bullying Needs To Stop

Disclaimer: I was a key creative in what is often considered one of the more “dudebro” franchises out there, Gears of War. I’d also like to remind everyone out there that I went out of my way in working with our team, the writers and Epic’s artists to make sure that female characters are represented well in that franchise.


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