July 20, 2015

Gender Study

Today OPG launches a blog. This will be a place where we’ll put some of our upcoming posts will feature tips on hardware, quick guides, research, analytical studies of games and streamers, and news on what we are up to.

And I can’t think of a better first post than what we’re about to share with you.

Gender Study on Twitch

Several months ago, it became a personal project of mine to address myths and inaccuracies on Twitch around the topic of female broadcasters. I’ve been a moderator for a variety of mid-size female broadcasts for the last year and a half, and over that time, I saw hundreds of people who would wander in and spout some generalized sexism about how “cam girls were taking over Twitch” and “they’re only popular because they are a girl” or “I wish I had boobs so that I could get big on Twitch”. These kinds of opinions run rampant on Twitter, Reddit, and in the female broadcaster’s chatrooms. So… I thought I’d look up statistics to find out how accurate these claims were.

It turns out, there really weren’t any statistics here. I tried even writing Twitch directly, and my response back was basically “you know as well as we do; we don’t collect this data”. So, I gathered a mixed group of trusted mods, grad students, and streamers and we set out on a mission. With the help of Twinge.tv, who gave us custom access to their systems, we’ve produced the largest study to date. And, this is tip of the iceberg, as we have more info coming soon.

Without further ado: OPGroup.tv – Gender Analysis on Twitch.