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Women Who Play Video Games

10 Badass Women Who Prove Gaming Isn't Just For the Boys

Women Who Play Video Games
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At the first-ever TwitchCon — an event held by Twitch, a streaming platform with content like esports and art — a not-so-strange sight was seen: women in every corner, playing games, buying products, watching streams, and generally enjoying the atmosphere. While this might be a surprise to some people, it shouldn't be, considering 52 percent of people who play games are women. Though the awkward male video game player stereotype isn't going anywhere anytime soon, women who love video games are starting to claim their territory and doing it proudly.

Back in September, we asked several women at TwitchCon to describe what got them into video games in the first place and why they still love it. Sure, the gaming industry has a lot of issues to deal with, such as the oversexualization of female characters and gamergate, but these women are proving that the stereotype is changing — for the better.

Read ahead to see what they had to say and maybe it'll inspire you to love your own gamer identity or start playing video games.

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