40 Percent of MMO Players are Female

We always thought that MMORPGs were dominated by male players. That “fact” is now challenged. Well, according to a recent study by BBC, 40% of MMO players are female. And it’s the girls that are dead serious on their characters and the games.

More details after the jump.

The study discovered that “most hard-core players are female, that gamers are healthier than average, and that game playing is an increasingly social activity.”

Lead researcher Scott Caplan of the University of Delaware said the result demonstrated how out-of-date stereotypes can be.

“In many cases, stereotypes reflect what I would call a ‘cultural time lag’,” he said.

“What we think about men and women and videogames may have been true 10 or 15 years ago, when there were mainly console video games or single-player games. Attitudes to games may date from the early years of consoles, say researchers

“But what were seeing now is that games become social, and as these online games become communities then the attraction for that kind of behaviour might increase” Caplan said.

Some more highlights from the study

  • women who reject traditional gender roles might be more likely to play MMOs s
  • women are more healthier than their male counterparts – partly because they have more exercise than men
  • playing computer games reduces the amount of time spent in front of the television.
  • Men play to win while women play to socialize

You can read about the details of the study here.

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  • dingusfungus

    I agree but this is just at the international scene.. not here in ph..

    btw nice first pic you have there, im currently playing that mmo thats SHAIYA right??

    merixmas everyone..

  • hessler

    she’s playing CS lol!

  • http://metrogamer.wordpress.com Shiro

    Did you know that 98.5% of statistics are made up on the spot?

    Also, people do not lie on online surveys where anonymity is king.

  • Xiphias

    i guess it’s true since 16 out of 19 girls in my class play online games a lot. Although that may be due to the fact that we are IT students :)

    Men play to win while women play to socialize
    -I disagree on this though because most girls i know are sore losers when it comes to a boys team vs girls team fight and would spend a LOT of time in the game just to beat us boys.. but they do just have fun when playing in boy-girl teams vs boy-girl teams or girls vs girls

    so I guess

    “Men play for fun while women play to dominate guys” may be more accurate lolz

  • http://gmtristan.com GM T

    yup. the study is based on the UK. But it may be a good indication of where the industry is headed.

  • http://buangistorya.blogspot.com rowmel

    what a coincidence… i met a girl who plays WoW today… me and my 2 friends flamed her on the spot


    oh yeah, i met the girl playing CS in the pic. she was/is part of gx3. she used to play at a local gaming cafe. she owns.

  • http://galwinfabian.com Galwin


    Haha! Care to share where the gaming cafe is? LOL!

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  • http://www.ladygadfly.com issai

    waaa naspam ba ung isang comment ko?

  • http://jezziee.multiply.com kaira

    Hmm.. This is intiguing. Not the same case here in the Philippines though. But, I’d love to see more girl players in RF. Maybe we can put up an all-girl guild ala Shadow Maidens of Ragnarok. (but I’d never abandon S.O.U.L. haha) :)

  • http://www.muckbeast.com Muckbeast

    This does not surprise me in the slightest. Threshold, one of the games my company makes, has had over 50% female players for close to 10 years.

    Muckbeast – Game Design and Virtual Worlds

  • http://fantasy-name-generator.com Fantasy Name Generator

    This does not surprise me. I am female and play mostly WoW but have tried many of the others, tabula, guild wars, lord of the rings, vanguard…and most of my guildies in WoW are female. * shrug *

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