A New Season in Gaming

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A latest examine within the U.S. revealed that of the 31.4 million gaming followers, solely 30% are feminine. As a full-time streamer on Twitch, Autumn Rhodes has made a reputation for herself within the male dominated gaming world. This Toronto primarily based streamer, who began taking part in video games along with her dad at a younger age, talks about her experiences in an business not all the time open to the fairer intercourse.

1. How did you get into eSports?

I began taking part in video video games at a really younger age due to my father and my brother, and ever since then I’ve by no means been capable of cease. Once I was launched to the eSports world I used to be astonished about the way it all labored. Being a really aggressive individual, I made a decision it was time to take my love for gaming to the subsequent degree, and once I found Twitch.television and all of the wonderful potentialities I had in entrance of me.

2. What precisely do you do within the eSports area?

I’m a full time streamer on Twitch. I play video games corresponding to CS:GO, CoD, LoL, and so many extra. I dedicate hours and hours a day to those video games, all the time training, and all the time attempting to be one of the best I could be. I’ve performed competitively in lots of video games and I all the time have such a good time doing so.

3. What do you consider ladies in eSports, particularly in your area?

I believe the ladies concerned in eSports round my area, which is Toronto, give identify for all of us. They understand how troublesome it may be on this business as a lady, they usually work exhausting to take care of their picture as not solely a critical aggressive participant however as a lady who can play simply in addition to any man. As a result of Toronto has such a excessive inhabitants there’s a lot competitors within the eSports world.

4. What has been a few of your experiences of being in a subject that has been dominated by males?

A few of my experiences on this subject have not all the time been nice, however different occasions they have been incredible. I bear in mind being within the Cineplex World Gaming CoD match final yr, and as I walked into the theater the boys have been simply shocked as to why I used to be even there. The male I confronted was so terrified as a result of he by no means needed to play towards a lady earlier than and he did not know what to anticipate; it made him so nervous. In the meantime, another males on the match figured as a result of I’m a lady that I’d simply be overwhelmed as a result of there isn’t any means I might be good at any video games. Being in an business the place we’re informed we “cannot probably play video video games as a result of we’re ladies” is basically disappointing in immediately’s society. There are simply SO many males who hate on ladies who’re concerned within the gaming business, and I do not know if it is because society has taught those that ONLY boys can play video video games or if a few of them are simply too ignorant to appreciate that our intercourse has completely nothing to do with {our capability} of being nice at one thing.

5. What’s your favourite factor about being a part of the eSports neighborhood?

My favourite factor about being part of the eSports neighborhood is how nicely all of us perceive one another. It is such an important feeling going to competitions and occasions and having a lot in frequent with everybody. All of us can relate in a method or one other.

6. What’s the most troublesome a part of being in eSports?

Essentially the most troublesome half about being in eSports as a lady is how so many males have a look at us. They hardly ever take us critically and it is fairly annoying as a result of we have labored simply as exhausting as them or more durable to get the place we’re within the gaming business.

7. Why do you suppose it is so vital that girls be represented in eSports?

I believe it is crucial that extra ladies are represented in eSports as a result of we have to break the stereotype that it is solely a person’s world. SO many ladies keep away from the gaming business due to the truth that so many get harassed and bullied for displaying an curiosity in gaming. It is good to see that individuals are lastly beginning to make clear this subject and communicate out about it.

8. What are your hopes for girls in eSports?

My hope for girls in eSports is that at some point males will not decide us for being part of the gaming neighborhood and that they’ll understand we are able to play video games simply in addition to them and even higher. I can inform over the previous couple of years an increasing number of individuals are opening as much as females within the gaming world, which is such a aid as a result of it is not honest to the ladies corresponding to myself who put a lot time and dedication into aggressive gaming to only be shut down as a result of society says we won’t be good at video games.