Have you ever heard of a professional gamer? It is a thing and can be quite a lucrative thing. A professional gamer is someone who, simply put, plays video games for money, whether prize money from competitions or even a salary. Gamers usually study the game in order to figure out all the tricks and tips and further their chances of winning in this eSport.
Gaming has traditionally been “boy’s club,” with gamers such as Kuro Takhasomi (KuroKy) from Germany, Amer Barqawi (Miracle) from Jordan, and America’s Saahil Arora (UNiVeRsE) earning upwards of $3 million apiece for simply doing what they love. That tradition is changing…
Meet five female gamers who are crushing the world of eSports.
Sasha Hostyn, otherwise known as “Scarlett,” is a 25-year old transgender female gamer from Canada. Her game of choice: StarCraft II. A professional female gamer since 2012, she is the only female gamer to win a major international StarCraft II tournament. Most recently, she celebrated winning the SC2 IEM PyeongChang 2018 championship.
The New Yorker called Scarlett “the most accomplished woman in e-sports,” and she made a 2014 list of 50 Admirable Gaming People. Having competed in over 140 tournaments, Scarlett is the highest paid female gamer in the world, with over $200,000 and counting in prize money.