Survey says 59% of women hide gender to avoid harassment while gaming online

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by Brendan Sinclair

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59% of women hide their gender while playing games online to avoid harassment, according to a new survey.

Reach3 Insights and Lenovo today released findings from a survey of 900 women gamers in the US, Germany, and China about their playing habits and perceptions of how women are portrayed in games.

“A lot of the time I end up playing as male characters in MMORPGs so people don’t realize I’m a girl,” one woman explained. “We try to hide what we are so people don’t flirt with us, send us stuff, send us messages we really don’t want, or pictures.”

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