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Kenya’s first female professional gamer fights to define herself on her terms

Kenya’s first female professional gamer fights to define herself on her terms

AS the first Kenyan to be signed by top e-sports companies XiT Woundz and UYU, Sylvia Gathoni is used to vanquishing opponents with a combination of frenzied kicks and punches in the male-dominated video game tournament circuit. But the 24-year-old law graduate, now one of the first e-sports athletes to make the Forbes list of global trailblazers, is as committed to flooring adversaries with words in her quest to be defined on her own terms. "I insist on being recognised as an e-sport athlete, not a female e-sport athlete," she said at a gaming parlour in Kenya's capital Nairobi. "I…
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This young African gaming star now has an international platform

This young African gaming star now has an international platform

SYLVIA Gathoni, aka QueenArrow, is on a roll. Returning from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, her success in the e-sports arena there is, for this Tekken player, just the latest in a string of recent wins. In Guadeloupe, the Kenyan placed fifth overall and was the best female player in a field of 15 international players brought to the island for the event. In June, she was named a Forbes top 30 under 30, putting Kenya on the world gaming map. QueenArrow started her professional gaming career when she was 18 years old, entering a Mortal Kombat XL tournament and…
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