Until now, female has a little to no representation in esports. Is gender really an issue?
In professional gaming, it is indeed obvious to everyone that there are only a few female players. Some of the famous streamers may be a woman, yes, and some would even say that being a female streamer gets you easier number of watchers. (Not that we believe so.) But why are there a few professional players? Female Street Fighter V Audrey ‘Irissia’ Rosique believes that gender is not a barrier to professional gaming.
“A girl who wants to do it can do it.”
Audrey ‘Irissia’ Roque is the only female player for this year’s Gfinity Elite Series. Roque believes that there is no lack of opportunity for females in esports. You compete with your fellow players whether, male or female, and everyone gets the chance to take down each other in game and fight for the spot.
“In Street Fighter, there are no men or women, only players. You take your spot and you play. All the players are very close, the fact I’m the only girl doesn’t bother me. It is good because I feel that we are all participants.”
When Roque fell in love with Street Fighter, she has set up her Twitch channel and started streaming. After building her reputation and at the same time getting better at the game, she was chosen by Ares Esport to be one of their players. It shows that with the right amount of passion and skill, you will have your place in the professional scene. “Whether there are more or less women in it isn’t a concern because it’s a story of passion. Girls aren’t stopped from joining in Street Fighter, the door is open for everyone, everything is accessible and now we have lots of online games and that’s how I progressed.”
Shanghai Dragons’ tank player
Overwatch pro player, Geguri recently had her debut in Overwatch league. When she became the first female player in the league, other people and players were suspicious about her and Geguri was even accused of cheating. It was then when she decided to stream and show others that her skills weren’t too good to be true. Team Shanghai Dragons picked up this pro Zarya player and believed in her skills as a person.
Every person, man or woman, has the right to join and have their position in the professional scene. It’s just a matter of working hard and proving to yourself that you can do it. With a heart full of passion and dedication you’ll get to the place where you wanted to be. Gender is not, and will never be an issue.