@blanketsgg, 18 – FUNDED

Christine, who you can find on Twitter as @blanketsgg, is currently working on a computer science and engineering degree. Here’s what this BroadcastHER Academy winner had to say about her dreams of impacting the world of technology and gaming — and what inspires her.

What is your dream in esports and gaming?

My dream is to become an influential part of the FE VALORANT scene. When I look at many of my peers, I am inspired by their hard work and dedication to become some of the top competitors. I aspire to be someone that girls can look up to!

What does being the BroadcastHER Academy winner, which includes a $1,000 grant and all-expense-paid visit to the HyperX Esports Arena to shadow, mean to you and how will it help you reach your goals?

This grant will be put towards my first-ever computer. I was previously held back because I was competing solely out of my university’s esports arena. I am so excited to be able to finally have my own setup and further push myself in VALORANT. Shadowing at the HyperX Arena is also such a major opportunity to build important connections and skills. I am excited to see what skills I can pick up from the Allied eSports team and also explore career options.

Women are underrepresented in gaming, broadcasting, and esports. What can we do to change this?

The biggest factor is to create a more welcoming environment for girls! Everyone can have a part in helping fight this prejudice by standing up for girls who are being discriminated against. If we can create an environment that isn’t toxic, it actively encourages women to participate.

What are you most inspired by when it comes to creating encouraging content for young women in gaming, broadcasting, and esports?

I am most inspired by the girls who are striving to actively compete at the top level. Historically, esports is mostly male-dominated and it inspires me to see teams like C9 White break those barriers.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

My biggest challenge is that I previously did not have a PC to compete with. This made it way more difficult for me to play with a team, cast, and overall practice. I am also an engineering major which adds to my workload. Time-management has been an important skill that I’ve had to cultivate since enrolling in college.

What advice do you have for women who want to start broadcasting?

Actively participate in your local clubs/tournaments/events! There are plenty of opportunities around. For me, joining my university’s gaming club was a great way to get connected and receive opportunities for casting. I was able to participate in multiple charity events and get the experience I needed for bigger opportunities.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I stay motivated and focused because I am passionate about what I do. I truly love engineering and VALORANT and want to be at the forefront of both worlds. For gaming, I have played since I was little, and I have always dreamed of competing among the best players. I will continue to push to achieve my goals and am still highly motivated to better myself in each area.