While male gamers can play professionally to make money since 2000 and earn millions of dollars in bonuses, female gamers still have many difficulties on the path to becoming professional gamers.
As a teen, Gui Lisha dropped out of school to go to gaming stalls so often that her father threatened to take her to internet addiction camps. Immediately after graduating from high school, Gui left his hometown to join a professional esports team. Her father thought she was falling into a multi-level marketing scam and flew to the city where she lived to rescue her.
Gui, currently 20 years old, is known in the Chinese esports community as LLG San Chen. LLG (Love Laughing Girls) is the team name of Gui, one of China’s first all-female professional esports teams. In the last tournament in August, LLG played League of Legends (LOL) with three other teams of female gamers from Europe, Taiwan and Korea. This tournament in addition to the prize worth more than 10,000 USD also recognizes female gamers who deserve to be treated like male gamers.
“I want to prove that I am not inferior to male colleagues,” said Zhang Zhou, 19, teammate of Gui.
It is estimated that esports will generate revenue of nearly $ 700 million this year and that number will double by 2020.