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.