Gaming isn’t actually as male dominated as some might think – research consistently shows that women are playing games. However, many women prefer to play mobile games, whether due to time constraints or ease of getting into it. As a woman who has attended a tonne of gaming events, I can say with some degree of certainty that they are almost always sausage fests. Despite there being so many female gamers in the world, events continue to be male-oriented or at least mainly attended by men. But that’s about to change.
Organized by Tech Girl, #AcerForGaming is a different kind of gaming event. It’s targeted at ladies of all gaming prowesses. Want to hide away in a private room playing Xbox because you’re too shy to play in front of other people? Want to show off your best CS:GO gaming on a superpowered Acer PC in the hopes of getting scouted and going pro? Not a problem!
This actually reminds me a lot of those Geek Girl Dinners (whatever happened to those?) only a whole lot more fun. Of course, I could be a bit biased. Yes, that’s right, I won’t just be attending, I’ll be one of the ladies on hand to help teach others how to play games. Sam has actually assembled a crack team of gaming personalities, here’s a bit from the event blurb:
South African gamers including Tech Girl, Pippa Tshabalala and professional Esports star Shazz will be on hand to show you the ropes or help you improve your aim.[…] This is an opportunity to celebrate females in the South African gaming space. There will be a range of games to play no matter your level and local gaming personalities Chani_ZA, Constantine104, Zoe Hawkins and Jules ‘Bish’ Robson will be there to help you play.
But it’s not just Acer backing this thing – Xbox, Urban Decay, GHD, Converse and even Red Bull are all going to be there. Even if you’re sceptical, you might find it worthwhile to sign up just to see what’s in the goody bag. Plus, it’s free, so there’s absolutely no risk that you won’t get your money’s worth.
You can register over here, and I suggest you do so before it sells out. Then pull through on the 7th of June and chat to me about games, or parenting, or gaming while parenting, or parenting while gaming. Whatever, I just hope to see you there. Then again, it will be weird to go to a gaming event where I will actually have to queue for the bathroom – even at E3 it was the only place there was never a line for the ladies’ room.
I’m glad that Sam has organised this event, and The Nexus is a fantastic venue for it. I just hope this is the first of many such events – I’d love to see our community grow and the biggest room for that growth comes from lady gamers. So, if you’re wondering how to get your wife/girlfriend into gaming, stop asking me what you can do to make it happen – this might just be the perfect opportunity. Men are, of course, welcome too!
Last Updated: May 26, 2017