Unlike physical sports, which justify gender divisions with increasingly less reliable arguments about differing anatomies and physical capabilities between men and women, esports is an arena where a player’s mind matters more than their physical ability. There are no studies proving any significant differences between the latent skill of male and female gamers, making any contrary assertions completely speculative and likely discriminatory.
Tr1cks believes the separation between men and women in team-based esports leagues is unnecessary and can foster bad habits amongst the women’s teams that, due to thinner competition and lower expectations, aren’t always pushed as hard as their male counterparts.
At team meetings, Tr1cks reminds her teammates to look past their short term goal of beating their league’s female teams to the long term goal of one day competing against male teams. Her dream was never to be the best female player. Instead, she aims to stand on the same stage as the world’s best gamers and be recognized as one herself. “There’s nothing stopping us except ourselves,” she says, hopeful to impart that same dedication to her teammates.
Players like Tr1cks are not scarce, but they often go unnoticed behind male professionals with larger followings. Still, more than ever before, top female esports gamers like Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn, Ricki Ortiz, and many others are putting in the hours and effort to prove that women truly are just as good as male gamers.
“This is what I do, I love it. I’m good at it, I deserve this,” said Tr1cks who urges all female gamers who dream of playing professionally to recall why they play rather than why others say they shouldn’t. Biases against women exist everywhere, and there will always be someone that’ll say you’re not good enough. But at the end of the day, wouldn’t you feel better doing what you love? “I know it’s difficult, I know it’s scary, and I know it’s really intimidating, but everything else in the world is too. It won’t be easy, but at least it’ll be fun,” Tr1cks said.
Atlanta is home to esports teams like Atlanta Reign (Overwatch), Hawks Talon (NBA 2k) and the recently established Atlanta FaZe (Call of Duty). The city is already an esports hub with an official arena currently under construction at the Mall of Georgia.
The esports industry has a vacancy that needs to be filled. New competitive games are constantly being released and existing games are altering their models to become more competitive. The need for new talent is constant, and there has never been a better time for women to get in the game.