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Is esports an unsafe place for women?

Gaming has been a safe haven for many, but for a number of women, it's just another place to get harassed. Some women in professional gaming report getting unsavory messages online constantly when all they want to do is game. Some famous gamers in the "Smash Brothers" community have been accused of sexual misconduct and it doesn't appear to be an isolated issue. Others think there are just vocal "bad apples" engaging in harassment, and the gaming community as a whole is inclusive. What do you think? 🎮

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Gaming is a male-dominated sport, despite being universally available to everyone. Between the inappropriate messages, disproportionate prize money and misogyny, women can barely play games in peace. What is heartbreaking is that many women who are interested in gaming never take that next step to do it competitively because of jerks who target women. Gaming may be universal, but women are still getting the short end of the stick for equal footing.

And now women are sharing their experiences of alleged of sexual misconduct within the community. There is no way anyone can say esports is a safe place.

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While men still dominate the landscape in eSports, women have also carved out a spot for themselves in the scene. There are plenty of women ready to support one another in navigating a minefield of trolls and other less-than-respectful men. Gamers like Sasha Hostyn and Katherine Gunn have gained the admiration of both male and female pros. 

Although many agree there are still plenty of problems in the gaming sphere, to say it's unsafe is unfair. Toxic gamers getting their accounts banned and people losing their sponsorships show that the community is doing its best to protect the space. Women are getting support in the community.

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Is esports an unsafe place for women?
#WomenGamersNotSafe
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#GamingSafeSpace