A recent study in the United States revealed that of the 31.4 million gaming fans, only 30% are women. As a full-time streamer on Twitch, Autumn Rhodes has made a name for itself in the male-dominated gaming world. This Toronto-based streamer, who started playing games with his father at a young age, talks about his experiences in an industry that is not always open to the fairer sex.

1. How did you get into eSports?

I started playing video games at a very young age because of my dad and my brother, and ever since, I have never been able to stop. When I was introduced to the eSports world, I was amazed at how it all worked. When I was a very competitive person, I decided it was time to take my love of gaming to the next level, and when I discovered Twitch.tv and all the amazing opportunities I had ahead of me.

2. What exactly are you doing in the eSports arena?

I'm a full time streamer on Twitch. I play games like CS: GO, CoD, LoL and so many more. I dedicate hours and hours a day to these games, always practicing and always trying to be the best I can be. I have played competitively in many games and I always have such a good time.

3. What do you think about women in eSports, specifically in your region?

I think the women involved in e-sports around my region, which is Toronto, give a good name to all of us. They know how difficult it can be in this industry as a woman, and they work hard to maintain their image as not only a serious competitive player, but as a woman who can play just as well as any man. Because Toronto has such a large population, there is so much competition in the eSports world.

4. What have been some of your experiences of being in a field that has been dominated by men?

Some of my experiences in this field have not always been good, but other times they have been amazing. I remember I was in the Cineplex World Gaming CoD tournament last year and when I walked into the theater the men were just shocked at why I was even there. The rooster I was facing was so scared that he had never played against a girl before, and he did not know what to expect; it made him so nervous. Meanwhile, some other men at the tournament, because I am a woman, figured that I would be easily beaten, because there is no way I could be good at any game. Being in an industry where we are told that we “can’t possibly play video games because we are women” is really disappointing in today’s society. There are just so many men who hate women who are involved in the gaming industry and I do not know if it is because society has taught people that ONLY boys can play video games or if some of them are just too ignorant to realize that our gender has absolutely nothing to do with our ability to be good at anything.

5. What is your favorite thing about being a part of the eSports community?

My favorite thing about being a part of the eSports community is how well we all understand each other. It is such a wonderful feeling to go to competitions and events and have so much in common with everyone. We can all relate in one way or another.

6. What is the hardest part of being in eSports?

The hardest part about being in eSports as a woman is how so many men look at us. They rarely take us seriously and that's pretty annoying because we've worked just as hard as them or harder to get to where we are in the gaming industry, https://www.168esport.com/.

Author's Bio: 

I started playing video games at a very young age because of my dad and my brother, and ever since, I have never been able to stop. When I was introduced to the eSports world, I was amazed at how it all worked. When I was a very competitive person, I decided it was time to take my love of gaming to the next level, and when I discovered Twitch.tv and all the amazing opportunities I had ahead of me.