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!