@MegabyteMegan, 24 – Funded

MegabyteMegan (she/her) loves writing stories and gaming. So, it’s no surprise that this JBL Quantum Grant winner dreams of becoming a video game writer.

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

My dream is gaming is to be a video game writer.

How will this award from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals? 

This award will help me because I will be able to show my ideas and stories in a better, more descriptive light. People will feel like they are immersed into my storytelling and will be able to relate to my stories and the characters I bring to life. They will be able to look at life from a different perspective.

What does being a 1,000 Dreams Fund – JBL Quantum Grant recipient mean to you? 

It means that you believe in me and my dreams. I can set the stepping stones for other women in the gaming industry. I can be such an inspiration to women like me.

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

Give women more opportunities to be in the spotlight, especially in competitive FPS esports. There’s a stereotype that woman are not good in FPS and shooters and it’s time to give women the spotlight in those areas. Hosting an all-women’s FPS esports arena is a great way to start.

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

Imposter syndrome and comparison. Sometimes I feel that, no matter what I do, it is wrong. For example: I hate that it takes me so long to reach a certain milestone. I sometimes wonder why what comes to others easily is very hard to come to me.

What advice do you have for women who want to work in the gaming or esports industry? 

To stay focused and to cut out the noise. In this male-dominated industry, you are going to hear a lot of people say that you only got where you are now because you are a woman. You will have to work twice as hard just to get half of what your opposite counterpart has.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I think about the end goal and why I started to begin with. I think of all the great times I’ve had creating content and how much I want my dream to become a reality. I think of how many lives I could change with my vision.