International Women’s Day is not only a rallying cry for gender equality, it’s also a chance for us to sit back and reflect on the achievements of women worldwide. Since there’s a common misconception that esports and streaming is very male dominated, we thought we’d highlight some of the wonderful women leading the way.
No matter where you look our industry is full of women putting their own stamp on things. From desk hosts and casters filling broadcasts worldwide with thought-provoking segments, to content creators looking to spread love and good will to their communities, there’s a huge number of trailblazers in our midst.
So for this International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, join us as we celebrate the female creatives who help make this industry a better place.
Christine ‘potter’ Chi
With seven world titles to her name, potter is one of the most decorated female players in CS:GO history. While she’s more recently known as an analyst for leagues such as Flashpoint and Blast Pro Series, potter has traded in her microphone for a mouse and keyboard once more. As the captain of Evil Geniuses’ mixed Valorant roster, potter is ready to prove herself on the server once again.
You can follow her progress in the Valorant scene over on Twitter.
Frankie Ward is a staple in the esports scene these days. Since going full-time as a host in early 2018, Ward has manned the stage and interviewed numerous professionals at CS:GO, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, League of Legends events, and more. Outside of esports, Ward has also hosted the PC Gaming Show at E3 for the last three years.
If you’re a big Apex Legends esports fan, you’ll recognise GuhRL. As one of the main EU and NA ALGS casters, GuhRL has made waves in the community by breaking down the professional scene live on air.
Indiana ‘Froskurinn’ Black
Froskurinn is a key figure in the League of Legends community and up until recently was one of the main colour casters for the European scene. She started her career as an analyst and assistant coach for Dignitas, before moving on to cast the LPL and LEC.
Earlier this year though, Froskurinn opted for a change of scenery and now is one of the main hosts of G4 alongside Adam Sessler, Kevin Pereira, and Ovilee May.
Nicole LaPointe Jameson
In May 2019, Nicole LaPointe Jameson became the mastermind behind Evil Geniuses. Since stepping into the CEO role, LaPointe Jameson has helped rebuild the organisation from the ground up. Although LaPointe Jameson’s career wasn’t forged in esports, she’s helped her team break boundaries along the way and innovate new approaches to inclusivity in esports.
You can follow her journey at the helm of Evil Geniuses on Twitter.
Rachel ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter
Valkyrae is one of the biggest female streamers in the world, putting out video after video on YouTube Gaming. She was the first woman to join 100 Thieves back in 2018 and empowers fellow female gamers with collaborations online.
You can follow her streams over on YouTube.
Tricia Sugita is intrinsically linked to esports. As a former StarCraft II competitor and one of the founding partners of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), Sugita is a force for change – something she takes seriously as CEO of FlyQuest.
Since taking the helm of the organisation last year, she has spearheaded a number of campaigns to showcase greatness. From tackling climate change, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, to protecting bees, Sugita wants to make the world a better place.
You can follow her journey on Twitter.
Yinsu Collins is an award-winning esports journalist specialising in League of Legends, CS:GO, and Valorant. While you can still find her words on many sites, including The Loadout, you’re more likely to find her over on Twitch manning the fort for many Valorant events.
You can follow Collins over on Twitter.