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2021 has already overtaken 2020 with more female-led games

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2021 has already overtaken 2020 with more female-led games
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While women make up nearly half of all gamers, a continued study by Buzz Bingo has revealed that only 12% of next-generation video games exclusively feature a female protagonist, with 2020 being the worst year yet for female representation.

As part of this continued study, Buzz Bingo analysed every game released on PlayStation and Xbox since 2016 to see how female representation in the gaming industry has developed, as well as how this representation is unfolding in 2021.

1. PlayStation Games Year-on-Year

  • Our research showed us that 2020 was the lowest year in terms of the number of female-led games released on PlayStation consoles, with only 14 games (8.6%) released that year featuring a female protagonist.
  • 2021 is already looking more promising in terms of the number of games set to be released featuring a female lead, with 23 games (18.4%) with a female protagonist having been announced so far.
Year Female Male Mixed Ambiguous/NA/TBC Total
2016 27 120 97 62 306
2017 49 85 115 61 310
2018 27 90 98 42 257
2019 22 87 91 24 224
2020 14 53 67 29 163
2021 23 50 30 22 125

2. Xbox Games Year-on-Year

  • In three out of the six years we analysed, only 9 of the games that were released for Xbox consoles featured a female lead.
  • So far, 2021 already ranks second for the highest number of female protagonist led games for Xbox, with 14 games (12.8%) featuring a female lead having been announced or released.
Year Female Male Multiple Options Ambiguous/NA/TBC Total
2016 16 83 54 34 187
2017 9 49 65 21 144
2018 10 46 56 29 141
2019 9 49 74 16 148
2020 9 27 49 22 107
2021 14 43 30 22 109

3. The New Generation: Xbox Series X/S and PS5

  • Research from Buzz Bingo has revealed that only 51 games (12%) out of the 414 confirmed PS5 and Xbox Series X/S exclusively feature a female protagonist compared to 139 (34%) games with a male-only lead.
  • 33% of all games had both male and female protagonists or allowed the user to customise the gender.
Gender of Lead(s) Xbox Series X/S PlayStation 5 Xbox % PS5 % Total %
Female 21 30 11% 13% 12%
Male 58 81 31% 35% 34%
Multiple Options 68 68 37% 30% 33%
Ambiguous/NA/TBC 38 50 21% 22% 21%

Methodology

  • We analysed every game released on PlayStation and Xbox since 2016, and then manually checked each game to find out whether the playable character was male, female, ambiguous or had mixed options.
  • We then broke this down to find out the best and worst years for female representation in video games.
  • To determine gender, we researched wiki pages for the individual games and searched for the corresponding pronouns when necessary.

 

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SoftSwiss updates Pay N Play by Trustly for online casino projects

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SoftSwiss has recently introduced new technical updates for the Pay N Play payment method by payments service provider Trustly. 

The new developments will enable SoftSwiss online casino clients to activate all currently available markets seamlessly and hassle-free at once.

SoftSwiss Online Casino Platform future and prospective clients can now activate all available payment markets. The new add-ons will boost the productivity of the Platform as well as increase its player retention and conversion rates. The Pay N Play by Trustly is being offered to the operators running brands on the SoftSwiss Online Casino Platform since the beginning of 2020. Since then, it has proved itself to be a major time-saving tool, eliminating time-consuming player verification procedures.

Pay N Play is a technology developed by the payments service provider Trustly that allows players to deposit almost immediately after arriving at your online casino. In short, everything the player has to do is log in to the casino by securely using their own bank ID. The game starts instantly and effortlessly.

Vadim Drozd, PSP Team Lead at SoftSwiss noted: “SoftSwiss’s motto is to always strive to provide our clients with up-to-date technological solutions that will help them to have a positive impact on their business development. The new Pay N Play update will help our clients to save precious time as well as build and increase player loyalty”.

 

About SoftSwiss

SoftSwiss is an international tech brand supplying widely acclaimed, certified software solutions for managing iGaming operations. SoftSwiss holds a number of gaming licenses, providing a “one-stop-shop” white label solution by taking care of all technical, legal, and financial processes on behalf of its customers. The company has a vast product portfolio, which includes an Online Casino Platform, Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, an affiliate platform, and a recently launched sportsbook platform. In 2013 SoftSwiss was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimized online casino solution. The company has thus been regarded as the leading technical expert when it comes to the use of cryptocurrencies in online gaming.

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Gambling Venues in Denmark to Remain Closed Until April 5

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The Danish Government has announced that casinos and gaming halls across the country will remain closed until April 5 at the earliest, in line with extended novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

Venues temporarily shut in December last year after the government extended national Covid-19 measures until February 28, with the aim of opening early in 2021.

However, as Covid-19 case rates remained higher, venues have been kept closed in an effort to prevent further spread while Denmark commenced its vaccination programme.

In its latest update, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority announced that despite some relaxation of measures, casinos, gaming halls and restaurants will remain shut until at least 5 April.

A selection of other venues such as some non-essential shops and outdoor visitor attractions will be able to reopen in some regions, while certain year groups will also be allowed back into schools in select areas. All other measures, including travel restrictions, will remain in place until early April.

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Five Groups Qualify to Enter Next Phase of Nagasaki IR Process

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All the five groups that entered Nagasaki prefecture’s request-for-proposal (RFP) process with the aim of participating in its bid for an integrated resort (IR) licence have qualified for the next phase of the process.

The five groups are: a consortium led by Oshidori International Holdings Ltd; Casinos Austria International Japan; Current Group; the Niki Chau Fwu (Parkview) Group; and One Kyushu, a consortium between Tokyo-listed Pixel Companyz Inc and French gaming operator Groupe Partouche SA.

The prefecture will complete a “first round” of evaluation of would-be partners this month to reduce the list of bidders to three. After that, a second round will include a “competitive dialogue” with would-be partners. The groups will then have to present their projects in August for the prefecture to make a final decision.

Japan plans to initially approve three integrated resorts in the country. Proposals must include a casino, tourism attractions, hotels and meeting spaces.

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