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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 29: Aerial Powers #23 of the Washington Mystics dribbles against the … [+] Connecticut Sun during the second half of WNBA Finals Game One at St Elizabeths East Entertainment & Sports Arena on September 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Gaming has seen an increase in popularity during quarantine. Nielsen reported in June 2020 that 82% of global consumers played video games and watched video game content during the height of the pandemic. The increase was highest in the U.S. (46%), followed by France (41%) and the U.K. (28%). As the global gaming industry expands rapidly, with over two billion gamers worldwide, sales are expected to reach close to $140 billion by 2021. Esports, organized video gaming events or tournaments that culminate in championships at the regional and international level, was recently valued at $950 million. According to Statista, female gamers account for 41% of gamers in the United States.
Aerial Powers, a WNBA champion player and gamer, breaks barriers for females in the gaming industry and paves the way for other professional …
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