Video games always have been stereotyped as a “boys-only,” machine and girls were stuck with their Barbie dolls. It’s good to see that times have changed, as women are getting more involved in esports, proving that they’re as good, if not better.
Women And Gaming
Recently, Team Dignitas, a six-woman group with members Emmalee “emuhleet” Garrido, Heather “sapphiRe” Garozzo, Carolyn “artStar” Noquez, Catherine “CAth” Leroux, Amanda “rain” Smith and Mounira “Goosebreeder, are dominating in Counter Strike Go by coming in first place during the Copenhagen tournament. This is only the beginning for them as they on joining more top tournaments after becoming sponsored by Mountain Dew and Alienware.
They’re also grabbing the attention of guys in the Fighting Game Community with Leah “Gllty” Hayes. When she spoke with WePlayGamingOnline earlier this month, she said for those who are looking to break into the industry they just have to do it, meaning you have to put yourself in that environment and do the best you can. Hayes and her main character “Dhalsim” makes her one of the most feared players in the league. Ricki Ortiz also makes the guys tremble in Street Fighter with her Chun-Li.
Even today, women are believed to think that playing video games is childish and immature. In a recent study, women make up 41 percent of those who play games. This doesn’t mean they’re doing pre-orders or buying PlayStations, but most of their gaming is on their universal device known as the cell phone, whether it be Hearthstone or Candy Crush.
More women have branched out of the mobile gaming and onto platforms. Games including Over Watch and Tekken 7 are slowly, but for surely, becoming populated with female competition. They also make up one-third of viewers who watch esports. There’s nothing to fear in esports except women who can text 100 words a minute, imagine how deadly they are in video games.
Competitive gaming according to The Guardian, is one of the newest career possibilities for women, not just competitively, but in programming, writing and art in the industry.
From Gllty and Ricki Ortiz to Team Dignitas, they’re putting their mark on the esports world. With so many up-and-coming gamers looking to make their big break, they’re quickly turning what was thought to be a male hobby into an opportunity to be leaders. Not only do they bring men into the world, but they’re now taking them out with the push of a button… or eight.