Online gaming community aims to create safe space for female gamers and their allies

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Online gaming community Paidia launched the beta of its portal on Wednesday with an aim to deliver a secure environment for gamers in search of a supportive, inclusive and kind community.

Users can create an account on Paidia’s website. Everyone is customarily required to take the Paidia Pledge: a promise to denounce online harassment and abuse of any kind. Post signing-up, users get a 60-day free trial to explore the portal, and then it’s $10 per month.

Paidia members will get access to a library of games, and they can host and play in tournaments, regardless of skill level, according to a press release. The portal also includes original content like articles, podcasts, audiobooks, and on-demand classes, so gamers can explore and expand their interests. Members can get access to new technology, merchandise, and gear from Razer and Xbox Game Pass as well.  

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Paidia is backed by investors like Guild Esports, Dynasty Esports, Leaf Mobile, and Argo Blockchain and will feature voices from the gaming community like Jeannail Carter (@Cuddle_Core), Stephanie Harvey (@missharvey), and Kelsey Impicciche (@KelseyDangerous).

“We are seeing incredible year-over-year growth for the gaming industry. One in three people on the planet play video games, with women making up nearly half of the total market, and yet 77% of women experience harassment while playing online,” Paidia CEO Jill Kenney said in a statement.

“At Paidia, our focus is on quite literally changing the game by building an aspirational brand that not only offers products, solutions, and messages that authentically speak to women and allies of all genders but also provides a safe and inclusive place for them to connect and play.” 

Paidia’s portal is aiming to be a safe haven for the 65% of online gamers who’ve reported threats, stalking, and harassment.