The Era of Associating Nerds with Gaming is Gone!

In 2006 when South Park released their episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft” that jokingly portrayed the average gamer as fat, nerdy, and most importantly of all – having no life. The Angry Nintendo Nerd Youtube channel starring James Rolfe’s nerdy looking character that always got pissed off (and i mean SUPER pissed off) whenever he played video games also revealed the perception that society had towards gamers. Heck perhaps a lot of these stereotypes are even true to some extent. That era however, has ended.

In today’s world, video gaming, and in particular, esports, is the new cool. Many colleges and even high schools have already established school gaming teams for games like League of Legends and Counter Strike:GO. According the SuperData Research, the esports industry as a whole is worth approximately $892 million. To give a more intuitive stat on the just how popular the esports phenomenon has become, Riot has stated that the World Championships for League of Legends in 2016 was watched by 32 million people, 10% of the United States population. On top of that, sites like Twitch have boasted their extremely impressive numbers of over 100 million monthly unique visitors and if there are these many viewers simply watching other people play games, imagine how players there are actually gaming and fans of competitive gaming.

The days of stereotyping hard-core gamers as being nerds have long past, and yes the term is still used quite frequently, but only in a half-hearted and joking manner that perhaps reminds us a bit of what it was like in the past. Afterall, if playing video games made someone a nerd, then there sure are a lot of them out there!

The whole gaming culture as a whole has become so prevalent that it’s now covered by mainstream outlets such as ESPN  This over 500+ million dollar industry has attracted reached the attentions of mainstream media as pro players like  Streaming games  is the new big thing with Twitch having over 100+ million monthly unique users. Heck I remember when started getting popular as well. James Rolfe, the creator of this infamously funny Youtube series,

It’s always great to see female gamers compete and do well across all the various competitive games that encompass this era of esports. Despite what some may think, there have been a lot of really successful female gamers that have made huge waves in the pro scene. Here’s a list of the top 10 most accomplished female gamers that have pioneered their way to the top of the esports world!

5 Super High Ranked Female LoL Streamers to watch!

It’s a stereotype that has existed for as long as esports and gaming itself – girl gamers just aren’t good at games. Well here’s 5 popular League of Legends streamers that are certainly ranked far higher than most of us!

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Renchaa’s Stream

Renchaa actually hasn’t been streaming much but she has said in her channel that she’ll start being a lot more active. Though she’s not in on the streaming business as much as the others on this list, she makes up with it by being so darn good at the game. She has two accounts, her eu-west account is currently Challenger at 500 points and she also has an eune account in Diamond 2. She queues mid/sup with a ton of Fizz games on her eune account. Her signature champion though is definitely Bard, with tons of games played of that champion on both accounts. Lets hope she starts streaming more because this girl’s got some skills.

 

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Radpuppy’s Stream

This awesome gamer queues ADC/Jungle and has been hovering around Diamond for the past two seasons now. What makes her so fun to watch is that she’s got some real diversity in her champion pool and unlike many girls, she doesn’t ever queue support. Her most played champs are Jhin, Shyvana, and Kha’zix and she has some amazing stats on them.

 

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Behkuh’s Stream

Behkuh has been able to get Diamond on two accounts now. She actually streamed herself getting Diamond 5 on a smurf account in only 120 games without any duo queuing at all. She’s also a very versatile player and has shown that she can play any role at a high level. Recently her most played champions have been Lux in the mid lane and Kennen/Illaoi in the top. It’s always amazing to see players able to do so well in any position they find themselves in which is exactly what Behkuh excels at.

 

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Pokimane’s Stream

IGN: Pokimane Rank: Diamond 3

Pokimane is not new to the Diamond arena as she’s consistently been hovering around mid-Diamond for 3 seasons now. She queues mid/sup and her best champs are Morgana support and Lux Middle. Though she does queue middle as her main role and prefers it, queuing support as an off-role often times means you get it. Definitely check out this girl stream because her high energy is infectious.

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Yathatwasabanana’s Stream

Having been Challenger this season at 500 lp, Fiona not only shows that girl gamers can play just as well as guys, but that support mains can climb the ranks as well. Her go-to supports this season are Janna, Karma, and Nami and when you watch her stream you can tell she really knows her stuff. Though she does duo queue often with god-tier players like C9 Sneaky which might inflate her rank a bit, her solid stats along with K/D/A shows that she can definitely hang with the best of them.

Spotlight: Scarlett

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By far the most accomplished professional female esports player of all time, Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn made a name for herself as a Zerg player in StarCraft II. Her debut performance was in 2012 when she competed in World Championship Series (WCS) for Canada and won. If this wasn’t surprising enough, a month later she was crowned the champion of the entire WCS North American division which was 1 of the biggest tournaments of the year. For those who didn’t follow Starcraft II closely, the WCS would be the LCS equivalent of LoL or the Majors equivalent of CS:GO.

What makes Scarlett such a legendary figure in esports is not just her dominating performance in her breakout year of 2012, but her consistency throughout the past 4 years. As of 2016 she’s won 19 prized tournaments and placed highly in 29 of them which makes her winnings as a professional female player the highest ever at $160,000. What’s even more impressive is that her career isn’t even over. Just a month ago, she won the WESG 2016 America Finals which is perhaps her second biggest accomplishment yet.

As a transgender female gamer, Scarlett has had to face more criticism and unacceptance from the gaming community than just about any pro gamer. As someone that has overcame all these challenges, she truly is one of the most iconic figures in esports history. What’s even more impressive is that her career isn’t over yet. At just the age of 22, who knows what more she will be able to accomplish if she chooses to continue competing in the realm of esports!

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Spotlight: Top 2 CS:GO Female teams

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Throughout Counter Strike history, from CS: 1.6 to CS: Source to now finally CS: Global Offensive has always done it’s competitive player-base justice by always offering tons of different leagues and tournaments for them to compete in. This is one of the major contributing factors to why the competitive female scene in CS:GO is perhaps the most developed among all the current esports. Among all the female CS:GO teams out there, the two teams that have reigned supreme are CLG: Red from the NA region and Team Secret from the EU region. Here’s a closer look at their backstories.

CLG:Red’s current roster consists of some very old school players like Missharvey, potter, and benita which were all teammates back when they were competing in CS 1.6 days under SK-gaming. During the CS 1.6 era, their team was by far the most dominant all-female team out there as they won ESWC practically every year they competed in. Alongside these veterans are di^v^ who came from a CS Source background and klaudia, who despite probably having the least experience among the 4, is statistically the best player on their team as of recently. CLG: Red has been competing in ESEA’s competitive leagues for over 10 seasons now and has been an above average team in ESEA-Main, which is highly respected. On top of this, they placed in many tournaments such as their 1st place finish in ESWC Montreal 2015. However, this team has recently been overshadowed by their EU counterparts and rivals, Team Secret.

Though technically Team Secret was formed on March 17 of 2016, their team consists of a few players that have been playing together for quite awhile now. zAAz, vilga, and juliano were all on Bad Monkey Gaming when they took home the gold by winning Intel Challenge Katowice #1. Soon afterwards, mimimicheater joined them in winning the following Intel Challenge Katowice #2 under the team name WRTP. So note that while they are officially now under the name “Team Secret”, the team’s core players have been playing with each other for a long time now and their current roster right now is perhaps the best it’s ever been. Both juliano and zAAz participated in the recent HTC 1v1 Invitational and proved that they were able to keep up in aim battles with top level pros. Juliano even beat Cadian in the first rounds.

It will be interesting to see how these two teams will stack up against each other in the tournaments coming up in 2017. The players on CLG Red were known for being dominant in 1.6 and now with the coming of CS:GO, players like zAAz who used to always lose to the former SK girls are now beating them. However despite how much promise Team Secret has shown, CLG Red was actually able to decisively beat them in their most recent encounter during the AnyKey Invitational showmatch that was held just a few days ago. As old rivals facing off against each other on the new reworked inferno, CLG Red pulled a huge upset and surprised Team Secret with a 16-6 victory.

With how much promise these two teams have shown throughout the years of competition, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the esports worlds catches up with CS:GO in developing much larger female competitive scenes.

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Top 10 Female Streamers Currently

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With how fast esports is growing and how popular streaming has become, it’s hard to keep up with all the new faces out there on Twitch. Some channels have been around for years while others started just a few months ago.  Well for those of us that need a little refresher on who’s out there gaming, here’s a list of the top 10 most popular female streamers that are currently streaming on a daily basis.

 

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She’s been streaming for over 3 years now and has developed a huge following as a pretty badass girl while playing CS:GO. She’s a member of The Peep Crew Family group on Youtube as well as a member of the Daddy Crew on Twitch. 2mgovercsquared’s Stream

 

 

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Dizzykitten is more new to streaming than most of the girls that will be on this list but wow has her popularity grown. With over 400,000 followers on her twitch account, it wouldn’t be surprising if she becomes one of the most popular streamers out there. She has this pleasant personality that just makes people want to hang around with her  and watch her play. She mostly streams CS:GO and though she might not be the best player in the world at it, it doesn’t really matter because she provides some awesome entertainment for all of us. Dizzykitten’s Stream

 

 

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Though not an actual rager, Miss_rage is one of the best streamers out there at keeping her audience engaged. Whether its her gameplay commentary, free giveaways, or Q&A’s, she manages to always put on a show. Some of the games she streams include CS:GO, LoL, Overwatch, and WoW and she’s quite good at some of them as she’s achieved Global Elite in CS:GO which is truly an impressive feat. Miss_Rage’s Stream

 

 

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She’s another streamer that has recently soared in popularity. Though she only has about 170,000 followers, she’s actually been getting more viewers than many streamers on this list. Not only is her surging popularity impressive, but her gameplay is as well as she has streamed herself getting Diamond 5 in 120 games without needing to even duo queue! Behkuh’s Stream

 

 

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Legendarylea has made a name for herself as a very forthright girl that isn’t afraid to show some skin at times. This occuring theme even got her temp-banned on twitch for 30 days because she flashed to her viewers. Though she used to compete in H1Z1, she mostly streams Hearthstone as well as CS:GO and WoW these days. With her natural charm and dedication towards streaming after graduating from USCD with a major in both Physiology and Neuroscience, this streamer has really made huge waves in 2016. Legendarylea’s Stream

 

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With her awesome personality and stunning looks, Pokimane has been able to rack up over 240,000 followers in just 2 years. She’s also very skilled in League of Legends and has 2 accounts in Diamond. As a Moroccan living in Canada, this girl is a trilingual and can speak English, French, and even Darija. She is currently studying Chemical Engineering at McMaster University but still manages to somehow stream basically everyday! Also keep an eye out for the signature punches that she throws towards her webcam because this girl plays to win!  Pokimane’s Stream

 

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Known as one of the all-time greatest twitch trolls, Kaceytron really made a name for herself in 2015 when a few videos of hers that went viral on reddit and youtube. Her unique streaming personality focuses on humouring her entertainers by actually trolling them and the stream is almost entirely centralized around her as an entertainer as oppose to her gameplay. This method she uses has made her a legendary figure in the LoL community rivaling other legendary streamers like Tyler1. Though recently her craze has went down, she is still very popular and has expanded to streaming all sorts of games. Kaceytron’s Stream

 

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Hafu is the only one on this list that also made it onto our other list of the top 10 most successful professional female esports competitors of all time. Many gamers have found themselves deciding whether to focus their career on being a full-time streamer or being a pro esports competitor, yet Hafu has managed to find a way to do both with her strong work ethic and amazing raw talent. Though she has found success in a multitude of different games such as LoL, WoW, and Bloodline Champions, she is currently spending most of her time playing and competing in Hearthstones. Itshafu’s Stream

 

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This Canadian girl can sure put in the hours as she’s been shown time and time again to stream for 12+ hours in a row. She plays a variety of games with CS:GO and Overwatch being some of her favorites. She is super interactive and engages her stream constantly which is why she’s been able to rack up such an amazing following of over 750,000 followers on Twitch. Kittyplays’ Stream

 

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Unlike the previous 2 mentions on this list, Kelsie is a far less controversial figure that started streaming on twitch in 2013 and has steadily built up a huge fanbase throughout the years. She’s a League of Legends player that mains mid with her 3 favorite champions being Ahri, Lux, and Brand. She sometimes shows her 2 adorable cats on stream and has a personality that you can fall in love with. Kaypealol’s Stream 

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Top 10 Female Gamers of all Time

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It’s always great to see female gamers compete and do well across all the various competitive games that encompass this era of esports. Despite what some may think, there have been a lot of really successful female gamers that have made huge waves in the pro scene. Here’s a list of the top 10 most accomplished female gamers that have pioneered their way to the top of the esports world!

 

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Haiyun “Eloise” Tang

Hailing from China, Eloise is a Hearthstones player currently on Tempo Storm. She has shown very impressive results the past two years with a first place finish in the Red Bull Team Brawl as well as placing highly in other highly competitive tournaments. She is looking to be in top form for the start of 2017 tournaments.

 

 

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Ji “tossgirl” Seo

Next on the list is tossgirl!  What started out as a simple rivalry between her sister when she was young, tossgirl became one of the most successful female StarCraft Brood War players of all time. She was picked up by a pro korean team named STX Soul and showed great results such as beating pro players like NC Yellow. Her biggest win was in 2005 when she won the 1st Ladies MSL.

 

 

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Stephanie “missharvey” Harve

Missharvey is the first of four other Counter Strike players to be mentioned on this list. She has a been a prominent figure in the Counter Strike community for a longggg time now. Back in her Counter Strike 1.6 days, she was on SK.Gaming’s all female team and was a huge reason why her team was able to come first in ESWC’s female tournament for years 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011! She has also produced many top finishes in her time playing CS:GO while on team CLG Red. Not only is this girl great at video games, but she’s also a game designer that works for Ubisoft.

 

 

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Christine “potter” Chi

The Counter Strike player with the most tournament prize winnings, potter was perhaps the best Counter Strike 1.6 female gamer ever to compete. She was also teammates with Missharvey on SK.Gaming where they showed that they were the uncontested best female 1.6 team to exist. Now in CS:GO, she is the leader of CLG Red and definitely one of their top players. Some of CLG Red’s top finishes are coming in first in ESWC’s female tournament in 2012 and 2015 along with a second place finish in Intel Challenge Katowice #2.

 

 

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Zainab “zAAz” Turkie

Currently on the all female team, Team Secret, zAAz has been crushing almost all the tournaments she and her team has entered with first place finishes everywhere. She has played both Counter Strike 1.6 and CS:GO just like Missharvey and potter and have placed in many tournaments in both games. In CS 1.6, she played under the infamous fnatic tag though most would say that she has been a much more dominant force in CS:GO.

 

 

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Julia “Juliano” Kiran

Similarly to zAAz, Juliano is also a Swedish CSGO player who is currently the in-game leader of the team zAAz is on – Team Secret. She started off playing Counter Strike 1.6 and has even played a bit of Dota 2 and Heroes of Newerth but it was her switch to CS:GO that really propelled her recent success. In fact, she and whatever team she has been on has dominated the competitive CS:GO female scene for the past 3 years with tournament win after tournament win. However, don’t get the wrong impression that she can only compete with the girls. In a recent 1v1 HTC tournament, Juliano was able to beat cadiaN and give other pros like kennyS and ShahZaM a run for their money. With a few refinements around her gameplay there’s a chance in the near futureof her becoming a top CS:GO player regardless of gender.

 

 

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Ricki “Ricki Ortiz” Ortiz

Ricki made a name for herself in the Tekken gaming community as a top competitor in the many versions of Street Fighter. In 2010, she signed onto Evil Geniuses but it wasn’t till 2012 that she started to show how dominant she was as she placed top 3 in over 4-5 major tournaments for that year. As of this year Ricki is playing Street Fighter 5 and has wracked up some impressive results. She also has a really active twitter account that you should check out here!

 

 

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Katherine “Mystik” Gunn

More of an old school gamer, Mystik made her mark by winning the WCS Ultimate Gamer Season 2. On top of this, she took part in the Championship Gaming Series which was a televised league where the best players in the world competed in 4 different games. Mystik was on the Carolina Core as a Dead or Alive 4 player and was a huge contribution to her team’s success. Her tournament winnings of $122,000 actually makes her the second most winningly female gamer of all time!

 

 

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Rumay “Hafu” Wang

You know how there’s some people who are great at everything they try? Well Hafu is great at every game she plays. This all-star has placed in tournaments in all sorts of games like Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Bloodline Champions. On top of that she is constantly ranked Diamond in League of Legends. Though she is now mostly streaming Hearth of Stones on her channel (), her most notable accomplishments were made during her time playing World of Warcraft where she placed 1st in both MLG Dallas 2008 and MLG Orlando 2008. Though technically there are many other female gamers that have won more in tournament earnings, Hafu has demonstrated that she can compete at an extremely high level in 4-5 games which is an accomplishment less than a handful of people in the world can say.

 

 

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Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn

Considered one of the world’s best Starcraft II players, this girl shocked the world when she took 1st place in the North American region of WCS 2012 which was one of the biggest tournaments of the year.  As of today, Scarlett has placed top 4 in over 40 prized tournaments making her the most prize winning female gamer of all time with total earnings of $156,419. As you might have guessed, she’s also been the highest ranked player in Starcraft II’s ladder system and has held multiple accounts in Grandmasters at the same time. Her success during the glory days of Starcraft II and the pioneering years of esports has proved that female gamers can not only compete on the highest level but actually become one of the all time greats!

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