Quantic Foundry’s latest report examines the gender make up of various genres. This study in particular focuses on female gamers.
The three genres with the highest female make up are Match 3 and Family/Farm Sims at 69% followed by Casual Puzzle at 42%. Atmospheric Exploration games such as Journey, Abzu and Dear Esther were not far behind at 41%. Sports (2%), Tactical Shooters (4%), and Racing games (6%) by far had the lowest percent of female gamers.
There are a few exceptions to note. High Fantasy MMOs (36%) had almost twice the percentage of female gamers than Sci-fi MMOs (16%). Star Wars the Old Republic was a small exception at 29%. Other exceptions were Dragon Age: Inquisition at 49% vs. 26% average for Western RPGs and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate at 27% vs. 14% for open world games.
As for the reasoning behind these findings, Author Nick Lee had plenty to say. He noted that it would be easy to say that the differences between Female and Male gaming motivations are the sole cause, but there is more factors to take into account.
“For example, games on the bottom of the chart tend to not have female protagonists, tend to involve playing with strangers online, and tend to have a lot of rapid 3D movement which can lead to motion sickness (which women are more susceptible to). Low female gamer participation in certain genres may be a historical artifact of how motivations and presentation have been bundled together and marketed.”
He also noted that these numbers are not set in stone. Exceptions like Dragon Age: Inquisition prove that “the opportunity to attract female gamers may be a lot larger than what the chart is showing”.
There was also a sample of people who identified as other or non-binary gender. Atmospheric Exploration (3.8%), Family/Farm Sim (3.2%), Casual Puzzle (2.7%), and Sandbox (2.3%) had the largest make up of these gamers. More information on this population was not available in this particular report.