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Esports Summit: How Do We Get More Professional Women Players In Esports?

Maemi Gabbert  (Head of Programming, Formerly Cloud9)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Esports

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

Mae's lecture examines how early childhood development plays a major role in who develops into a professional gamer and why that matters to the question of "Why aren't there more women esports professionals". Using data collected from Western gamers across different ages, economic backgrounds, and level of play she begins to outline a map of how professional players reach game Mastery, the path of that journey, and where in the process young girls are getting a late start. She also looks into the future to postulate what it will take to see more female player professionals and when a significant shift of more female players may be seen.


Why building programs and shifting cultural norms away from gender stereotyping is beneficial to creating a more inclusive esports professional landscape.

Intended Audience

Individuals interested in Esports organization, the esports and gaming development space, and educational programs would find this data informative and important.