Women in Esports: Tips and Guidance​

Posted by Esports Wales February 16, 2023 in ADVICE

Gaming can be an amazing hobby that can absorb you into a world, ignite that competitive fire in you or just be a good time with friends. But with these highs comes the issues of toxicity, especially towards women. Despite this more women than ever are taking interest in gaming as both a hobby and a career path and while logging into the world of Esports and gaming can seem daunting it’s an extremely rewarding endeavour.

Esports Wales is here to support Women in gaming and is here to drop a care package of advice for keeping your time in the community a positive experience, so here are ten things you can do to become a beacon of positivity in games and grow yourself and the community.

1. Be confident: Gaming is a male-dominated industry, but don’t let that discourage you. Believe in your skills and don’t let anyone make you feel inferior.

2. Build a support system: Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people who support your passion for gaming. This can include friends, family, or online communities.

3. Keep learning: Technology is constantly changing, and so are the games. Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques by continuously learning and trying new things.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help: If you’re stuck on a level or have a question about a game, don’t be afraid to reach out to others for assistance.

5. Ignore negativity: Unfortunately, online gaming communities can often be toxic. Don’t engage with negative comments and instead focus on playing the games you love.

6. Represent women in gaming: Be a positive role model and showcase your skills to inspire other women to get involved in the industry.

7. Take breaks: Gaming can be intense and time-consuming, so make sure to take breaks and prioritize self-care.

8. Network with other women in gaming: Attend events, join online communities, and make connections with other women who share your passion for gaming. This can lead to valuable opportunities and friendships. Esports Wales runs a dedicated event night for Women in the discord server!

9. Pursue opportunities in the industry: Consider exploring careers in gaming and Esports, such as game development, casting, or writing. There are many opportunities for women in the industry, and your passion for gaming can lead to a rewarding career.

10. Don’t let gender stereotypes limit you: Gaming is for everyone, regardless of gender. Don’t let gender stereotypes limit what games you play or what role you take in a game. Explore different genres and play styles, and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. The gaming world is yours to discover!

Gaming is an amazing space to play, talk and be in, but remember the importance of self-care and remaining positive in the face of negative interactions. Just like any hobby, career or lifestyle putting time in and building the skills, connections and sense of self will grow and improve what could be a huge aspect of who you are and even transfer these experiences into the world outside; so keep learning, building support systems, and representing women in gaming to help create a more inclusive community for everyone. You’ve got this

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