Summary of “A game room of one’s own”

Now you can find servers small enough for a single group of friends, like internet personas hosting their own servers, or large enough for thousands of people interested in a game like Overwatch or Fortnite.
The online harassment women gamers face has been widely reported; in one study of gaming communities, 38 percent of women and 35 percent of LGBTQ+ players claimed they’d experienced harassment because of their gender or sexual orientation.
The women I talked to for this story all had their own striking stories at the hands of male gamers.
Recently, they’ve banned alt-right groups, Nazi supporter servers, and groups promoting an app that undresses photos of women without their consent.
Below a note reads, “All women are welcome here, regardless of their background, and no discrimination or disrespect based on race, religion, gender identity, or anything else is tolerated. We are not the kind of community that accepts ‘it was just a joke’ as an excuse.” Rebecca said they rarely need to enforce these rules since the community is already very tight knit and dedicated to inclusion.
“There has been a surge in demand for women’s communities in gaming in recent years,” Byeuji said.
“I would say since 2016, the demand has been booming, particularly on Reddit… I’ve seen all of my woman-centric communities move from near flat-line growth post-Gamergate to solid incremental growth – between 10 and 20 percent annually.” The technology industry is vastly dominated by men, but as we see apps and services grow that are developed by women for women, it’s hard not to wonder what the internet could’ve been like if, from the beginning, women had been included in the process of creating major platforms.
For now, commiserating with women they trust is enough for these users, and many others in their community.

The orginal article.