In AfroTech’s recent report about streaming, Two Average Streamers shined a spotlight on what it really means to be women in esports — especially women of color in esports.
“As video game streaming has grown in popularity, so too has the frequency of online hate speech,” they wrote. “We’re now at a point where it’s a good stream if you don’t receive or encounter multiple variants of the N-word in your chat.”
While, certainly, stories like these exist in the gaming world, there are plenty more stories where women in esports are becoming bosses in their own right.
Take Letta J, an Afro-Latina woman who runs the Soho Gaming House in New York City. Recently, Letta was cited by Microsoft for her extraordinary work at the House during Women’s History Month.
But as both a minority woman in esports and a Grammy-nominated singer, Letta said that making gaming more social — and safe — for women like her was tantamount to everything else.
“By creating a space that creates solutions and networking opportunities, we offer women in esports a safe space,” she said to AfroTech exclusively. “In a male-dominated field such as ours, it’s important to create a solution, especially if the problem directly negatively affects you.”
Letta isn’t alone in creating a safe space for women in esports.
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SOURCE: AfroTech, Bernadette Giacomazzo