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Shaping the future of esports with women

Female gamers in Malaysia want more opportunities to flourish in the lucrative esports scene. Sofia A. Baozhai Lee aka Kuromi of the team Madness Aubrey says there aren't many events promoting the talents of female gamers.

The 21-year-old full-time esports gamer says she entered the UniPin Ladies Series MY/SG 2022 because it's one of the few female-only tournaments in Singapore.The prize pool for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is RM7,500, and the play-offs are scheduled for June 22 to 25.

“I strive to achieve as many achievements and gain as much experience as possible while competing as a player with a team. “So far, my experience with competition has mainly come from training sessions and scrims (friendly matches).” She saysTeammate Iffara'Adira Md Haidi or Hyolyn, also participated in the UniPin tournament to hone her competitive skills. “We have ranked or classic matches and scrimmages as a team,” the 19-year-old student says.

According to Sofia, another problem could be that some female gamers lack the courage to compete in competitive esports. 'We can fix that.'. It is up to you to believe in yourself,' she says, adding that the competitive gaming scene is challenging for everyone.

Andrew 'Sir Cloud' Cheong, an esports caster and creator of video games, also believes that all players have an equal opportunity to succeed.'Gender doesn't matter in gaming.'. What matters is how you react to opponents and challenges,' he says.Cheong previously managed PowerPuff Girls (PPG), an all-female esports team that won RM5,000 in prize money at the PUBG Mobile National Championship Malaysia 2021 - Ladies Battle in 2021.

Female esports athletes are encouraged to go beyond simply practicing and competing against other female teams. In his view, some teams create a bubble around themselves, and they should break out and practice against male teams in order to push their limits.

Team Red Roses has adopted that approach. In preparation for the UniPin tournament, Nur Afrina 'Pika' Syuhada, 22, says the team has been scrimmaging against male teams and taking on female teams from Indonesia and the Philippines.

Nur Afrina claims that women in esports face other problems, including the platform being hijacked by male players. 'Irresponsible parties are taking advantage of a budding female esports scene by using 'jockey services' or having male players compete as females in online competitions,' she shares.

Cheong has not heard of such incidents, but says they could occur at smaller-scale tournaments in particular. This is a challenging issue because the event takes place online and there is a lack of manpower.

'I find that appalling.'. I don't approve of cheating. 'Maybe they were just motivated by the prize money,' he says. UniPin recently completed its qualifying round. The top eight teams in the playoffs are five from Malaysia, namely Rose Ophelia, HomeGirls, Red Roses, Madness Aubrey and Revolta Siren.

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