Female players making history in eSports

 

These female players will probably kick your ass in Overwatch and Starcraft II and they have both made history in the eSports scenes for those games. Girls in eSports are a rare thing that many have dividing thoughts on. Previous articles we have posted depict what it’s like to be a female gamer in male dominated games. There isn’t many of us out there compared to our male counterparts and this is reflected in the professional ratio. It’s not easy to make it as a pro in modern video games and the female players are put at a big disadvantage. The stigma that the skills of female players are inferior to men, while unfounded, creates a barrier for women looking to break into the pro scenes.

However, when girls do make it big we celebrate their achievements, which most of the time is groundbreaking stuff. Here are some of the girls who have recently made history in video games and their eSports.

Geguri – Overwatch

The first female player to join the Overwatch League, Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon is set to sign with the Shanghai Dragons. Currently sitting on the bottom of the leaderboard, the Shanghai Dragons have some new additions to their roster. Also joining the team will be Cheon “Ado” Ki-hyun and Lee “Fearless” Eui-Seok. Geguri is recognised as one of the best female Overwatch players at just 18 years of age. She hails from South Korea and played for ROX Orcas coming out of APEX Season 4. Overwatch league has previously seen some controversy over the lack of female players signed to any of the 12 participating teams. Geguri is well known for playing Zarya in game, the tank role is one Geguri is highly regarded for worldwide. Could she help the Shanghai Dragons finally get a win and climb out of that bottom place?

Kim "Geguri" Se-yeon, Ovewatch League's first female player
Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon, Ovewatch League’s first female player

Scarlett – Starcraft II

In a huge upset at the Intel Extreme Masters in PyeongChang just yesterday, Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn took the championship win. As the only female player to participate, she is now the first ever female to win a major Starcraft II tournament. Scarlett is a Zerg player who’s strength is often the unpredictability in her play style. The Canadian player was named the highest earning female professional gamer in 2016. As a result of winning the IEM PyeongChang Scarlett takes home $50,000 in prize winnings. She beat two time world champion sOs 4-1 in the best of 7 final. The IEM tournament was sponsored by the Winter Olympics that begins today in South Korea. There have been previous calls to include video games in the Olympics but officials have deemed some games as too violent.

Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn, the first female to win a Starcraft II Major tournament
Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn, the first female to win a Starcraft II Major tournament

A huge week for females in eSports thanks to these girls and we hope to see their continued success. It is always inspiring to see these professionals in action and if it encourages other girls to pursue eSports, it is a step in the right direction.