All too frequently we see articles with titles like, “Where are the women in esports?” While the overarching point of most of these pieces—that players, developers, and event organizers can do a lot more to help promote inclusivity in competitive gaming—is important, we’d like to highlight some of the women who have been doing amazing things in esports for years!
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
1) Check out the 1v1 match where Julia “Juliano” Kiran from Team Secret sparked the hashtag #ripcadian
2) Stephanie “MissHarvey” Harvey from CLG Red is a CS:GO veteran and full-time professional. Watch her fill with joy as she smiles and snipes!
3) Christine “Potter” Chi is another heavy-hitter from CLG Red who is known for her raw slaying power. Check out her quiet confidence and unbelievable accuracy.
Call of Duty
4) Kayla “Squizzy” Squires from Exile 5 was the first woman player to qualify for the Call of Duty World League and hopes that her presence in the scene will inspire more women to pursue professional gaming
5) Watch Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn annihilate and amaze in what is known to many as the best StarCraft II game ever
6) In 2014, Mawahou(Chun-li) beats Daigo “The Beast” Umehara at Isshuu Sengeki Cup and was met with hugs and cheers all around!
League of Legends
7) Maria “Remi” Creveling was the first woman LCS player and recently stepped down from the starting line-up of the Renegades in early 2016. Here’s a highlight reel of Remi dominating the LoL scene in general…
8) Quality players don’t all have to be playing in the LCS! Popular LoL streamer KP consistently busts out impressive plays while cultivating a positive online space. Join her on Twitch or check her out on YouTube!
9) Haiyun “Eloise” Tang from Tempo Storm is a decorated Chinese Hearthstone player who is well-known for her playful attitude and competitive spirit. Check out her light-hearted but devastating playstyle!
10) Any list of women in esports would be incomplete without Rumay “Hafu” Wang, who started off as a professional World of Warcraft player and later moved on to be a literal Hearthstone legend. She now streams on Twitch and creates regular “Hearthstone with Hafu” videos!
BONUS: Watch the two Hearthstone greats casually play and talk in what might be the happiest stream ever: