The term “gamer” has evolved throughout the years and now it is not only someone who plays videogames but also someone who enjoys watching other gamers play in streaming websites such as YouTube and Pornoorzel.
Being a gamer is mostly a hobby for some people but others, have managed to make a professional career out of it and make an enormous amount of money doing so.
It is commonly known that industries such as the videogame and comic industry are mostly dominated by men. However, day by day, women are managing to stand out in both. Take a look at some of the Top 10 highest earning female gamers.
- Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn, Canadian gamer, plays StarCraft II competitively and with just 26 years, is currently the highest paid pro gamer girl in the world, with overall earnings of $296,161.44.
- Katherine “Mystik” Gunn, is known as the American Mystik and despite being 2010 her last year of operation, where she came in first playing Halo: Reach at WCG Ultimate Gamer Season 2, she takes the second place in the ranking with overall earnings of $122,000.00.
- Ricki Sophie Ortiz, also from the United States, has been active since 2003 and in 2016, she received her biggest monetary prize at the Capcom Cup. She comes third in the ranking with overall earnings of $80,780.18.
- Marjorie “Kasumi Chan” Bartell is a mystery since she disappeared completely from the spotlight after only competing twice. In 2006 she won second place at the Championship Gaming Invitational in San Francisco, California and a year later at the 2007 Championship Gaming Series Season in Culver City, California she won first place and has overall earnings of $55,000.00.
- British Sarah “Sarah Lou” Harrison achieved her status and success after only one tournament — yes, one — She competed in the 2008 Championship Gaming Series Seas where she achieved first place and 12 years later, she is still absent and has yet to participate globally again. Her overall earnings are $50,000.00.
- Ksenia “vilga” Klyuenkova has won 17 tournaments since 2015 and is the highest-ranked Russian gamer on this list. Her beeg victory was at the World Electronic Sports Games in March 2018. She takes the sixth place with a total of $43,698.95.
- Kristen “Kittyplays”, another Canadian gamer, stands out in Fortnite and her highest position being 3rd place in the Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series.Her overall earnings are $38,700.00
- Anna “Ant1ka” Ananikova, won 5 first places in tournaments in 2015 and, shocker, she is also Russian. Her first-place record is astonishing, and her overall earnings are around $33,958.89
- Zainab “zAAz” Turkie, first Swedish gamer to rank in the top 10 list, has competed in 30 tournaments and her line of expertise is Counter Strike: Global Offensive. She ranks #132 in Sweden and her total earnings are $32,900.23
- Chinese pro gamer girl Wang “BaiZe” Xinyu is an expert in Hearthstone and her biggest victory was in the Gold Club World Championship 2017 where she came in third place. Her overall earnings are $30,312.39
However, this is not an easy accomplishment and as women in a male-dominated industry, they are faced with several challenges.
“I’ve been doing this for almost 15 years now, and when I started it was extremely male-dominated, especially in pro gaming – it still is. On the circuit there aren’t that many females. But the arrival of new games, new communities and just overall society changing and evolving throughout mainstream video games, is bringing a new wave of players. Fortunately for everyone, there’s a lot of females involved.”
Explains Stephanie Harvey, a video game developer and e-sports player who’s played for female teams that have won six major international competitions.
Just the term “Girl gamer” alone can be seen as derogatory since the term “Boy gamer” doesn’t exist. Being referred to as a gamer girl “it’s the stereotype of a gamer who isn’t there because she’s good at games or enjoys games; she’s just there because she’s trying to impress guys or something. It’s not true.” Says Leahviathan, a British gamer.
Because I got blank states when I asked why a female soldier in a game I worked on looked like a porn star. #1reasonwhy
— Caryn Vainio (@Hellchick) November 27, 2012
Even though cyberbullying knows no gender, sometimes the abuse can be harsher on women and this is one of the challenges gamers must face on a daily basis. From having their accounts hacked to receiving death and rape threats as well. At the end of the day, you never know what or who you can find on the internet.
Despite the female community growing each day in the gamer industry, in order to achieve the same level of equality as men, more and more women need to become involved in the gaming world. Another important step into achieving equality in this industry is that creators need to add more female characters in their videogames.
All over the world, there are approximately 145 gaming conventions, a place where videogames enthusiasts from around the world gather to share and enjoy one common passion. In the end, it should be this love and passion for videogames that matters regardless of gender.