Apr 16, 2015 Translated by eChinacities.com

Editor's Note: This article from the Chinese media takes a look at the newly emerging field of female gaming partners for hire. A recent article by Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper and a viral post by a female sparring partner both support rumors that female gaming partners often offer illegal sexual services in addition to game play. However, the market has potential to provide legitimate opportunities for women as well: the author interviews a woman from Wuhan that runs an above the table organization for female gaming partners with no “special services” offered.

E-sports and online gaming are huge, male-dominated fields, especially when it comes to online multi-player games. Many men want to hire women to play online games with them in order to feel less lonely or less lame. Therefore, a new career path for women was recently born: female video game partners for hire.

China female online gaming partners

Sparring Partners for Hire

Hong Kong's Ming Pao reported on April 9 that female video game partners occasionally offer special, less legal, services in addition to innocent game play. Women can reportedly earn 20,000 Yuan by playing video games 15 times, but the accompanying services often offered create a legal gray area in this emerging industry.

Female video game partners offer online interactions in which the women use voice calling and texting to communicate with clients while playing online games. Partners also offer offline interactions in which the women come over and play online games in person. Online gaming partners charge on an hourly basis and women also often receive virtual gifts, and equipment in the games which often have monetary value in the real world.

The men who purchase time with female gaming partners are generally not well off financially. They are usually students and factory workers: introverts with small social circles who are not around many women. The men are happy to interact with and talk to the female gamers.

A Student Tells All

The field of work was generally unknown until recently when a woman posted about her life as a gaming partner on an online forum. The 22 year old university student said that she had been an online gaming partner for six months and often played games five or six hours a day. She wrote that she plans to continue her side work as a gaming partner even after she graduates and finds a job.

The student said that at first her customers were mostly other students. She originally played a few times and earned a few thousand Yuan. Then, she met an older, non-student who was more generous. When they played, he would “accidentally,” touch her every so often. One day, he insinuated that he would pay for more than just video games and put a stack of bills in her hand. The student liked her customer, so she agreed. Soon, she began to offer the same “special services,” to other customers who were also “good-looking,” and “generous.” If she was not a fan of the customer's looks, she would just play videos and nothing else. In six months, the student said that she earned 20,000 Yuan by playing games 15 times.

No “Extra” Services

Not all female sparring partners cross into illegal territory. 26 year old Zhang owns a business in Wuhan that matches men with female gaming partners. The women make 20-50 Yuan an hour depending on skill and can make about 6000 Yuan a month. Zhang said that the threshold for female gaming partners is very low: as long as a girl has some free time and will play games she can find clients. However, women who earn more money are skilled at both chatting with men and playing online games.

Zhang said that 20-50 Yuan per hour is a reasonable rate for female gaming partners. If the price is too high, or too low then the woman is mostly likely offering sexual services. “Some women only charge 20 Yuan per day, if they only play games, then they are basically losing money. They clearly are offering other, more expensive, add-in services on top of game play,” said Zhang.

Zhang's company does not offer sexual services even though customers ask for them all the time. “The market for gaming partners has a lot of potential, but there is no regulation,” said Zhang. She worries that the number of gaming partners offering sexual services will disrupt the online gaming market, and that legitimate businesses like her own will suffer.

Source: QQ News

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17 Comments Add your comment

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Robk
comment|58672|27601

Paying for girls to play video games with you... "in order to feel less lonely or less lame." Yeah, that sure is less lame...

Apr 16, 2015 00:29 Report Abuse

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Chairman_Cow
comment|58723|310610

Yep... Chinese males have sunken to a new low.

Apr 16, 2015 13:54 Report Abuse

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GeoHistTeacher
comment|58728|1581472

Give it a little time, they will sink even lower. It is so difficult to have respect for men in this country. Pink shirts, holding their girlfriend's purses/accepting sa jiao and all the way acting like they are the most perfect people in the world because they've had their butts kissed since birth. I have such little respect for men in this country.

Apr 16, 2015 15:33 Report Abuse

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kuntmans
comment|58964|307009

Chinese men have honour and integrity. This is what is lacking a lot in the west. So foreigners have such problems when they come to China and try to understand the culture of dating.

Apr 21, 2015 19:48 Report Abuse

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GeoHistTeacher
comment|58970|1581472

Really? Really? 小三 is not a westerner phrase. And I understood it so much, my wife is a Chinese national. Nice try there, skeezix.

Apr 21, 2015 20:39 Report Abuse

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Guest388182
comment|58681|43131

contemporary Chinese "culture"

Apr 16, 2015 06:48 Report Abuse

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bill8899
comment|58690|81937

Amazing

Apr 16, 2015 08:47 Report Abuse

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rainiersales
comment|58691|257733

China has just gone to a new level of...whatever this is called.

Apr 16, 2015 09:30 Report Abuse

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Guest770686
comment|58692|85631

gives a whole new meaning to the notion of playing with ones joystick

Apr 16, 2015 09:33 Report Abuse

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silverbutton1
comment|58695|227751

Soon, she began to offer the same “special services,” to other customers who were also “good-looking,” and “generous.” Oh, I get it, a selective prostitute. You are still a prostitute nonetheless...

Apr 16, 2015 10:02 Report Abuse

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miss_selina
comment|58867|1578241

Yeah, probably dreaming to marry one of them.

Apr 20, 2015 17:08 Report Abuse

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ppzechinacity
comment|58931|303812

Im willing to bet when she said "they were good looking and generous" is just her excuse for accepting the offer ... I bet they were average to bellow average at best

Apr 21, 2015 12:34 Report Abuse

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Guest427330
comment|58726|47481

Virtual prostitution...

Apr 16, 2015 14:16 Report Abuse

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coineineagh
comment|58823|112751

I've never played any online game where you need to pay for membership or an account. I play tons of games, but all offline and mostly pirated. I don't need any form of gratifying interaction when playing, and that's prabably the main difference with MMORPG players. I did notice that Chinese have an affinity for gambling and paid games, even installing pinball-type games for 3-year-olds in shops. For a clear-thinking person, it should be a visible boundary you never cross because it opens a pandora's box of expenses. For Chinese, anything that enough other people are doing becomes mainstream and acceptable.

Apr 19, 2015 13:38 Report Abuse

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Guest626460
comment|72255|69606

Why are you guys so jealously mad? Just because you don't speak Chinese doesn't mean that you can't have part of the fun. I'm sure many of those gaming girls speak English. So stop bitching and go for it. ;)

Jul 14, 2016 17:13 Report Abuse

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nitai
comment|73161|1646577

Good Lord, only racist comments.

Sep 25, 2016 12:05 Report Abuse

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bill8899
comment|74747|81937

Good deal!

Dec 12, 2017 10:16 Report Abuse