LOS ANGELES – It’s hard to keep up with all the on-screen action, but professional gamer Carlee Gress has trained all her life. She is a member of Gen. G Empowered Bumble, the world’s first competitive all-female Fortnite team, and she’s insanely good at sniping.
“I think my parents gave my sister and I a PS2 when we were four or five for our birthday,” said Gress. “I think I and my sister played as the ‘Simpsons Road Rage’. I remember playing that game on PS2 all the time. ‘
Like regular sports, eSports got a hit when COVID-19 canceled events. Fill in stadiums regularly, Play! Pokémon canceled its World Championship, while Overwatch League plays online for the rest of the season.
“I think COVID-19 influenced eSports in a good and a bad way, to be honest,” said Gress. “Obviously they can’t go out and play tournaments on LAN, they have to play at home, but I also think it affects eSports in a good way.” At least it has become more prominent, you know. “
In the Grand Final Championship of the League of Legends Spring 2020, there were more than a million viewers.
Gress shares a house with her teammates, so they spend a lot of time together. Their goal is to win and ideally make the playing space more comfortable for female gamers.
“There’s a lot of negativity from the game world and the internet, but it’s best to try to be a role model and change the way people look at women while gaming,” said professional Gen.G Fortnite gamer Maddiesuun.
COVID-19 has not delayed Gress and her team. Gen. G saw an 11% increase in social media followers.
“I hope eSports will go far in the future,” said Gress. “I want to see that it is as big as traditional sports. I have a feeling it will happen, especially when you know more people are gaming and understand it’s real and not something nerdy are doing. “