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Female e-sports stars take home 98% less than the average elite gamer

Elite female e-sports players are taking home nearly 98% less in winnings than the average top competitor, according to analysis by OddsMonkey.

Compared to the average career total of players ranked in the top 100 for prize money, which sits at $1,991,618.32, the 100 best female e-sports stars have pocketed just $33,202.21 — 98.33% less.

This means that for every £100 earned by the average elite gamer, the typical female elite gamer earns just £1.67.

To gain this insight, we analysed prize money data from Esportsearnings.com and calculated average winnings for the top 100 highest-earning players and the top 100 highest-earning female players. The result highlights the huge gulf in prizes between female competitors and the wider industry.

Even a cursory glance at the data shows the amazing disparity. The tables below show the top 10 in overall prize winnings for both female players and top earning players overall. As you can see, the best female players are only pocketing a fraction of the very highest earners.

Top 10 female players for prize money
RankPlayer IDPlayer NamePrize Money
1ScarlettSasha Hostyn$393K
2LiooonLi, Xiao Meng$238K
3MystikKatherine Gunn$123K
4HafuRumay Wang$84K
5Ricki OrtizRicki Ortiz$81K
6NinaNina Qual$78K
7GeguriKim, Se Yeon$70K
8TINARAESTina Perez$66K
9AliceMaureen Gabriella$57K
10Kasumi ChanMarjorie Bartell$55K
Top 10 players overall for prize money
RankPlayer IDPlayer NamePrize Money
1N0tailJohan Sundstein$6.97m
2JerAxJesse Vainikka$6.47m
3anaAnathan Pham$6m
4CebSébastien Debs$5.6m
5TopsonTopias Taavitsainen$5.48m
6KuroKyKuro Takhasomi$5.20m
7Miracle-Amer Al-Barkawi$4.80m
8MinD_ContRoLIvan Ivanov$4.58m
9GHMaroun Merhej$4.20m
10MatumbamanLasse Urpalainen$3.77m

The top-earning female player is Sasha Hostyn, better known by her player tag Scarlett, and she has won $393,000 throughout her whole career. That’s only 5.64% of the prize money of Johan Sundstein (N0tail), the top-ranking player overall, who has accumulated $6.97 million over the course of his career. In fact, you have to search through 324 other e-sports players in the overall rankings to find Scarlett, who sits 325th in the top 500.

Commenting on the analysis, Emma King from OddsMonkey said: “E-sports has exploded in popularity over the last decade or so and it’s fantastic to see female representation in this space increase!

“However, like in many sports with a higher male participation, disparity in earnings does exist between genders. Scarlett’s accomplishments competing on Starcraft ll and Liooon winning the Hearthstone Grandmasters Global Finals in recent times are testament that the playing field is well and truly level when it comes to e-sports.”

Looking at the data in more depth, Peter Watton from Oddsmonkey added: “While it has generally been well known that female gamers don’t feature as much in the top-earning e-sports players, this analysis of average earnings has shown how wide this gap really is. The fact that the average top-100 female has only won 1.67% of the average top-100 player’s prize money is astounding.

“I believe that our analysis demonstrates the underrepresentation of females at the elite level of e-sports. Consider that 41% of women are gamers[i] — this has been as high as 46% in recent years —so it would be logical to believe there should be a greater number following their hobby to its pinnacle. The top prizes are open to gamers of all genders, so it seems like so much untapped potential.

“There certainly isn’t a lack of skill or potential among women, so the reason for the earnings disparity is not based on ability. But there is something stopping female gamers making that step, and it’s likely to do with the culture that surrounds e-sports. Not only is the field very much a male-dominated space, but there is a stigma and toxicity in some areas that can be off-putting for female gamers. A shift in this culture and acceptance of female gamers would make e-sports a more attractive proposition.

“How to shift this balance is an interesting question. Taking more time to celebrate female e-sports stars as role models would be a good start at showing the next generation of gamers the success that can be achieved. There’s also certainly room for all-female e-sports teams and clubs to help increase participation numbers in tournaments and provide a safe space. We also need to continue fighting the stigma attached to women in gaming across the board, as things won’t truly change until the wider industry is more accepting.”

Our methodology

Data taken from https://www.esportsearnings.com/players/highest-overall and https://www.esportsearnings.com/players/female-players in January 2021.

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[i] https://www.statista.com/statistics/232383/gender-split-of-us-computer-and-video-gamers/

 

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James OddsMonkey

James OddsMonkey

James' background in IT support and matched betting knowledge is how he's ended up at OddsMonkey updating offer, answering tickets and generally being super helpful.

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