I am currently designing a spider as a monster for my game. During my research I found that there seems to be a surprisingly large amount of players who suffer from extreme arachnophobia and get panic attacks when they see a spider on their screen, even when in a context of a video game. This makes it impossible for them to enjoy games which feature spiders. There is a whole community of modders who work on mods to remove any spiders from popular games and thus make them playable for these people.
So I wondered if I might alienate a part of my target audience by adding spiders to my game. Are there any reliable numbers about how large the community of arachnophobic gamers really is?