Despite the harsh realities of being a female gamer, Harvey is upbeat: "Most of my career and my life... gaming has been a positive experience." She describes the electric feeling of competing at the Super Bowl-esque gaming tournaments held in stadiums of 60,000 spectators, with millions watching online: "the thrill and the adrenaline you get... it's so incredible."
Still, it’s less news-worthy than it once was to see female gamers at an event. For Harvey, "the conversation about having girls in gaming is kind of getting old, and I think that's a good thing... we unite more, there's less competition between us and more fraternity."
She sees no place for the term "girl gamer" in the future - "you've never heard 'boy gamer', you don't say 'female sports player'.” For Harvey it’s an “old-school term that will hopefully eventually just fade away."
Leahviathan sums up her position: "as a female gamer, I don't want to feel like a unicorn... I just want there to be a level playing ground, a level amount of respect. I don't want to be treated specially and I personally don't particularly want companies to be hiring me just because I'm female. I want that to just be normal. I want females to be recognised based on merit, rather than gender."
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the owner of Twitch.tv as YouTube.
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