@SakiSakuraTV, 25 – Funded

FGC player and content creator @SakiSakuraTV is of Puerto Rican heritage and can speak English and Spanish. She loves playing fighting games, specifically NRS and anime fighters. When this JBL Quantum Grant winner is not gaming, she says you might find her falling in love with all the newest anime husbandos/waifus!

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

My dream is to be an analyst for fighting games where ESPN-like broadcasts are happening and I’m breaking down the matches.

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

I’m on my last few classes before I get my Associate of Arts degree and start working on my Bachelor of Arts. This grant helps me pay for classes that I usually pay out of pocket to avoid student loans.

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

This is a huge accomplishment and one I’m really grateful for. This allows me to continue and get to the finish line while doing what I love.

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

We should be working on creating spaces that welcome women. These spaces will allow them to comfortably compete, network, and grow friendships that can push them to be more active in gaming and the community.

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

The biggest challenge is people always talking about how you look and trolls coming into my content spaces to hurt me. There are ways to remove messages and block people, but sometimes those words still reach you and make you question if things are worth it.

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

Don’t be afraid of being you. People will always try to push you to be something you’re not, and it’s important to remain YOU. You’re unique, you matter, and you should do things that make you happy.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I have a great support system in my community. They remind me of my goals and that I should be proud of my content. They’re also great supporters in cheering for me during competitions and more.