To many people who are unknown about the female participation in gaming, nowadays, there are 46% gamers who are female (according to Entertainment Software Association), which is nearly half of the whole gaming “population”. There are definitely some certain types of gaming which are more appealing to female gamers than others.
In 2017, the co-founder of the renowned gaming analysis brand Quantic Foundry, Mr. Nick Yee, brought out a report about types of games which most participants were female. To complete this report, Nick Yee had to execute a special survey which scaled up to 270,000 female gamers about different types of their favourite games. According to his surveys, there have been 70% of female gamers who are fond of farming or family-nurturing gamplays, while half of them opt for puzzles or adventure games. Other types of gamplays such as FPS, shooting or racing, the participation of female ones is unremarkable. To sports games, the proportion of female participation is just 2%.
These data might not be a big surprise for most of gamers, however, the below might be one. Actually, 36% of MMORPG gamers are female, while this proportion for World of Warcraft is just 26%. Meanwhile, the Star Wars gameplay: The Old Republic has the number of female participants doubling the average data. Dragon Age: Inquisition, somehow has 48% of gamers who are women, more than the “26%” number of the Western role-playing gameplay.
Nick expressed his opinion that it has never been too difficult for gaming producers to attract female gamers, especially for these Western role-playing gameplays. However, gaming producers and developers must figure out their own secret “recipe” to make it real. To attract and motivate gaming for female gamers, producers need to develop and highlight the role of women in the format and context of their gameplay, Nick explained more detailedly.