E-sports – or professional, competitive video game-playing – is a booming industry worldwide. Last year, it produced nearly $500 million in revenue, and that number could reach billions more in just a couple years.
Nowhere else is the industry taking off faster than in China, which has long been a global hotspot for competitive video gaming. “E-athletes” quit jobs and drop out of school to pursue their dream of fame and fortune as famous gamers.
But for China’s up-and-coming wave of professional gamers, there are some who are facing roadblocks: female players. Despite hours of training, women face sexism in the form of fewer opportunities and fewer earnings than their male counterparts.
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BBC video journalist Danny Vincent talked to members of an all-female team of players in Shanghai – Shan Chen and Ding Ding – capturing their emotion about the sacrifices they’ve faced, and their jubilation when they win in a tournament.
Read more about e-sports in China, and the challenges female players have to overcome.