Who are you and what do you do in gaming?
My name is Lboogie0208. I’m a content creator and co-host of the Grown Women Gaming podcast. I play games for fun but looking to get more involved with esports.
What does being a woman in gaming mean to you?
Being a woman in gaming means you get to be on an equal playing field. If you have skill you have skill, gender is not a determining factor, which I love.
What’s your favourite game to play on Xbox and why?
I have a love hate relationship with Destiny but I have the most hours invested in it and it will always be my go to game. The gunplay in that game is unmatched which makes it easy to always pick up and go. Having a great clan helps as well.
What challenges have you experienced as a woman who plays games?
Because I play shooters primarily there are of course times where men get upset that you’ve bested them and begin to spew hate in chat. I myself, a navy women, use it as fuel to continue to be better.
Are there any positives to being a gamer? If so what are they?
Well with everyone in quarantine this year, I think that gamers were uniquely prepared for an event like this. We already have a ton of friends that we solely communicate with online and have “play dates” with. Games have definitely made this time easier for me.
What do you think needs to happen for women to feel more empowered and belong in the gaming industry? Is there anything we can do now to enact change?
I believe that we will see more change when there are more diverse leadership in companies. Women of all colors and backgrounds need to be at the heads of tables to make change. Accountability is the name of the game and that is how we will make safe spaces.
Is there anything that you’ve done in gaming that you’d like to share? Have you achieved anything special or done anything in the gaming industry that we should know about?
I have yet to win any awards but recently I was on the Xbox channel with @JunaeBenne to speak about being a black woman in gaming and it was a great experience. I hope they keep things like that going because casual conversations like that are sorely needed.
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