No difference in ability between male and female performance in video games

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There's a stereotype that men make better players than women. A new study led by a researcher at the University of California, Davis, debunks it.
Cuihua “Cindy” Shen, an assistant professor of communication, and colleagues tracked thousands of players in two multiplayer online role-playing games and compared how quickly men and women moved from one level to the next. Accounting for differences in playing time, character choice and membership in a players’ guild, they found that women advanced at least as fast as men.
According to Shen, once you take into account all these confounding factors, the gender differences disappear. There is no gender difference.
Shen has been analyzing massively multiplayer online game data since 2007, studying the connections between playing and a wide range of real-world behaviors.