Twitch has become one of the most popular live-streaming platforms ever. Although it was initially dominated by male influencers, now the number of female streamers has increased to an impressive 35%. And still grows!

Female streamers still do not have as massive an audience as their male counterparts. But they successfully gain loyal fans, and their popularity is advancing. Such a plot twist in the current approach to women in gaming brings many benefits and undeniably impacts the gaming industry.

In addition to playing all genres of video games, streamers share their insights about mental health, struggling with hate, and the situation of LGBTQ in today’s world. And that’s just the beginning of their positive contribution to the outdated understanding of gaming!

GameReleaseGenreDeveloper
Celeste 2018-01-25 Adventure Extremely OK Games
A Hat In Time 2017-10-05 Adventure Gears for Breakfast
Kirby And The Forgotten Land 2022-03-25 Adventure HAL Laboratory
Splatoon 2 2017-07-21 Action Nintendo EPD
Super Smash Bros Ultimate 2018-12-07 Fighting Sora
Stardew Valley 2016-02-26 Adventure ConcernedApe
Harvest Moon Light Of Hope Special Edition 2017-11-14 Adventure Natsume
Unpacking 2021-11-02 Piont-and-click Witch Beam
Okami Hd 2012-10-30 Adventure Capcom
The Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild Nintendo Switch 2017-03-03 Adventure Nintendo EPD Production Group No. 3
Portal 2 2011-04-18 Adventure Valve
Journey 2020-06-11 Indie ThatGameCompany
What Remains Of Edith Finch 2017-04-24 Adventure Giant Sparrow
The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition 2016-10-27 Adventure Bethesda Game Studios
Life Is Strange Complete Season Episodes 1 5 2015-01-29 Adventure DONTNOD Entertainment
Life Is Strange True Colors 2021-09-09 Adventure Deck Nine
Life Is Strange 2 Complete Season 2018-09-27 Adventure DONTNOD Entertainment
Dont Starve 2013-04-19 Adventure Klei Entertainment
Dont Starve Together 2016-04-21 Economy Klei Entertainment
Tomb Raider 2013-03-05 Adventure SQUARE ENIX
Rise Of The Tomb Raider 20 Years Celebration 2016-02-09 Adventure Crystal Dynamics
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider 2018-09-14 Adventure Eidos Montréal
Dragon Age Origins 2009-11-06 Action & Shooter BioWare Edmonton
Dragon Age Inquisition 2014-11-20 RPG BioWare Edmonton
Mass Effect Legendary Edition 2021-05-14 RPG BioWare
Mass Effect Andromeda 2017-03-23 Adventure BioWare
Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition 2020-08-07 Adventure Guerrilla Games
Uncharted Legacy Of Thieves Collection 2022-10-19 Adventure Naughty Dog
Nier Automata 2017-03-17 RPG PlatinumGames
The Walking Dead The Telltale Definitive Series 2019-09-10 Action Skybound Games
World Of Warcraft Dragonflight 2022 MMORPG Blizzard Entertainment

The Power of Representation

Reading a book or playing a game, it’s hard to relate with a character who doesn’t share common traits with the recipient. That’s why having more women involved in the design and development of video games can tremendously push the entire gaming industry forward.

Women form almost half of the humanity playing video games, want to pay for a quality product, and enjoy the gameplay that is not limited to addressing the male imagination. Around 23% of developers are women with passionate leaders like Debbie Bestwick from Team17 or Kim Swift from Valve.

Such changes in the gaming industry encourage women to play games and become interested in streaming. Female streamers are a significant source of feedback for game developers, an excellent marketing medium for a wider audience, and an inspiration for many girls seeing their future in esports or game development. Among the popular streamers, the most influential are Pokimane, LilyPichu, and LoserFruit.

Challenging Stereotypes

Women have boobs, and (apparently) this is the gravest threat to male streamers and their audience. Ever since girls play games on Twitch, they’ve encountered regular harassment, hate, objectification, and sexualization. Regardless of what they look like and what they play, for some, girls are not “real” gamers because of their gender.

Female streamers fight such attacks by moderating chats, charging bans, and ignoring the most aggressive comments. But they also make their audience aware of how to deal with such situations, maintain mental balance, and just be yourself. Because even wearing a sweater up to the neck, every streamer will eventually see a comment that she is too fat, thin, white, black, or desperate for male attention. By revealing the sad behind-the-scenes of gaming, female streamers inspire more women to join the community by proving that girls fight together.

Conclusion

Being a female gamer can be frustrating. Whether you want to spend an evening playing Call of Duty or streaming an epic Minecraft base building, sooner or later you’ll earn the hate. But the numbers don’t lie and prove that more and more women want to have fun with games, make games and watch women play.

It’s an industry with enormous potential and a massive void that only women can fill with their innovative ideas for characters that everyone identifies with. It is why female streamers’ work may be one of the biggest game-changers in gaming history. By fighting the haters and creating supportive online communities, they proudly lead the way for the next generation of women in gaming. And while some gamers still perceive the presence of female streamers as an invasion of their male space, soon their favorite titles will be those made by women.