During its formative years, the world of gaming was not considered to be a job that was to be taken seriously. For a time, it was regarded as a niche career pursued by histrionically passionate young individuals who did not have much dreams in life but to sit in front of the computer and game away.
However, this impression has all but changed nowadays. Gaming development has evolved into a multi-billion dollar business and is still growing by leaps and bounds. What’s more? This once male-dominated industry has seen some really smart and innovative female game changers trailblaze in the gaming industry. Would you like to meet who these gaming babes are?
This list dishes you the 10 highest paid female gamers:
10. Alice “Ali” Lew
Ali is a big name in the Counter Strike gaming arena. She is a vital figure in the SK Ladies Counter Strike Team. She has led her colleagues in tournaments and other Counter Strike competitions since 2006. Her first win amounted to $400 and she had since then won and earned in 5 other tournaments. Her current net worth stands at $8,000.
9. Alana “Ms. X” Reid
This Canadian woman is considered to be one of the best female gamers that you can ever come against. She has only played in one official tournament so far but has shown strong promise and fierce skill. In that first tournament, she made a huge sum of $10,000, and is currently preparing to join more in the years to come. So gamers, beware!
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8. Livia “Liefje” Teernstra
Teernstra is known in the gaming world as Liefje and has shown incredible power since her entry to gaming a few years back. She blew away everyone when she competed in the Quake and Unreal Tournament that was held in Auckland, New Zealand. In Europe, she was a fierce competitor in Dead or Alive, surprising many experience gamers. She is currently worth $14,000.
7. Jamie “Missy” Pereyda
A force to beat in the game QuakeCon III, Pereyda is one of the fiercest and most skilled female gamers of the United States. Known in the online gaming world as Missy, her debut in the gaming tournament scene in 2005 was a complete showstopper as she demolished all opponents to prevail at the end of the competition. Her total prize won so far is at $15,000.
6. Rumay “Hafu” Wang
Hafu is a name to reckon with in the game World of Warcraft. She has competed in 4 tournaments so far and had accumulated a sum of $14,000 in these global tournaments. Versatile is also an adjective that describes her quite appropriately, as she recently shifted to the online game Bloodline Champions, winning $2,000 in that tournament. She is currently worth $16,000.
5. Vanessa Arteaga
Arteaga has achieved superstar status in the field of gaming. She is an extremely competitive player, having been drafted first in a team of expert players in Dead or Alive 4. Joining a tournament in 2008, she topped all competition and took home a cash prize worth $15,000. The year after that, she won another $5,000 in a separate tournament, bringing her total gaming cash haul to $20,000.
4. Sarah “Sarah Lou Harrison
She is perhaps one of the United Kingdom’s most popular female gamers. She is known as a disciplined and logical gamer who knows how to rally her team to triumph. Her favorite game is Dead or Alive 4 and has made more than $50,000 from her winnings in this game throughout various tournaments.
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3. Marjorie “Kasumi Chan” Bartell
Kasumi Chan, her gaming alias, is actually a software engineer in real life. She was part of the team that became the overall champion in a landmark Dead or Alive 4 tournament in 2007. She has so far made $55,000.
2. Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn
Scarlett is a star player in StarCraft II and has taken part in more than 30 tournaments all over the world and in her native Canada. She has so far won $100,000.
1. Katherine “Mystik” Gunn
Mystik is the highest paid gamer. Debuting in 2007 in her game of choice Dead or Alive 4, she has since accumulated some $120,000 worth of winnings in various competitions and onoline tournaments.