The female presence in the world of video games is becoming more and more relevant and, just like in other sectors, in recent years a remarkable growth has begun that has encompassed both the consumer side and the developer side. Specifically, the latest data published by the Spanish Association of Video Games (AEVI) say that 48% of the total users of the world of gaming in Spain are women and they hold 23% of the jobs in the sector
As specified in a press release from the LCI Barcelona school , both the number of female players and the number of workers in the sector has increased in the last three years . In the case of female gamers , in 2019 they were close to 42%, in 2020 it was 45.9% and now in 2022 they are 48%. In the case of female workers, in 2019 they were 16%; in 2020 the data rose to 23% (according to the Spanish Development of Video Games) and in 2022 they reach 23%.
Taking this rise into account, the LCI press release maintains that "if nothing changes, the foreseeable is that in 2022 this upward trend will be confirmed and in 2023 the presence of women in the world of video game development will be consolidated" . It is also corroborated by this study by EAE Business School on the presence of women in the world of gaming and eSports .
More women in classrooms related to animation and video games
In the specific case of LCI Barcelona, the press release includes these statements by David Carretero , animator, director and teacher of animation and video games at this school. "This increase in interest has been noticed in the classes and it is great news because it is a sector of the present and the future. The fact that women have increased their presence in the sector as workers by 7% in just three years is not insignificant and speaks of the specialization they are carrying out in the classrooms.'
The video games sector "is one of the most relevant both now and in the future", as the press release adds. This market moves almost 2,000 million euros a year in Spain alone and the 2021 financial year ended with 1,795 million euros billed according to the Spanish Video Game Association (AEVI), "confirming continuous growth in the last three years and with a difference of more than 400 million euros with respect to the data of 2017".