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Smartphones are helping to close gaming’s gender gap. More girls in the UK say they play games online, but boys still spend twice as long gaming each week—and the most popular apps differ by gender.

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  • Great article!

    This has been happening in mobile-first Asia past decade where gaming has grown significantly more mainstream w/ females

    Ex: Esports game Honor of Kings in China is 54% females out of 200M MAUs! It hit 100M daily active players this past Lunar New Year—only 14 countries in the world

    Great article!

    This has been happening in mobile-first Asia past decade where gaming has grown significantly more mainstream w/ females

    Ex: Esports game Honor of Kings in China is 54% females out of 200M MAUs! It hit 100M daily active players this past Lunar New Year—only 14 countries in the world have 100M population.

    The game made $1B USD in Feb 2018—in just 1 month.

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  • As the coronavirus outbroke in China, most of the Chinese families spent their Spring Festival holiday semi-'quarantined' at home. So did we. To kill the slow-passing time, my dad, my fiance, and I played all kinds of games on this holiday. One of our favorites is to randomly assign a number, draw 4

    As the coronavirus outbroke in China, most of the Chinese families spent their Spring Festival holiday semi-'quarantined' at home. So did we. To kill the slow-passing time, my dad, my fiance, and I played all kinds of games on this holiday. One of our favorites is to randomly assign a number, draw 4 cards out from a deck and then use any allow arithmetic rules such as addition, multiplication, rooting, logarithm, etcetera to achieve that assigned number by using the 4 original numbers on the cards. The fastest one wins (In most cases, if not all, it’s me LOL).

    My mom would watch, for hours, of us playing. I could tell that sometimes she was trying to calculate in her head, but whenever I invited her to play, she would politely deny. The top 3 reasons are No.1. You boys play (I do hope she knows she has a daughter instead); No. 2. I have house chores; No. 3. I need to start cooking soon.

    Thinking back, I have spent excessive time playing all kinds of games, from chess to backgammon to video games. So much so, making games is what I do for a living, but not once, I played games with my mom, and very few times, I played with other females. As my female cousin who's around my age puts it: the pleasure of playing is for boys. Girls need to be grownups and take responsibilities.

    Conventional wisdom says that girls become mature at an earlier age. I didn't check the scientific proofs, but I do sometimes wonder whether maturing faster plays a role in fewer women playing games starting from early on, because how we view playing as a form of pure pleasure with little practical value conflicts with the role we are expected to play in life as a daughter, a mother, or a wife, roles with a long job description attached.

    More so, it not only applies to gameplaying but taking pleasures openly of what we do in general — attitudes towards exploring one's sexuality as one example.

    A recent study on "Prevalence and correlates of gender inequity" published on BMC Public Health in 2018, states that a majority of women and men agreed with the statement "a woman's most important role is to take care of her home and cook for her family." Similarly, 88.3% of women and 82.9% of men concurred with the idea that men need more sexual pleasures than women.

    Playing is essential to explore the unknown and a part of human nature that plays a crucial role in one's curiosity. Smartphones are one of the means to close the gender gap in gaming, and in a bigger game at play here, a more free mind and a spirit and a less unequal society are the keys. Boys are no better than playing games than girls, nor math, science, or technology, just as women don't suppose to desire less sexual pleasures than men.