Sherry “Sherryjenix” Nhan, a pro Street Fighter player, began in an all-female fighting game tournament. In her words, she “got destroyed” in that first competition, however, she became hooked. She became determined to keep practicing and grow her skills.
T.L. Taylor, a professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, describes discrepancies to Compete: “What we hear from women is that when they go online and are not hiding their gender, they often face consistent pushback.”
Pro gamer Sherry Nhan also described the persistent harassment she has received online, such as gendered insults and disparaging comments about her looks. However, Nhan says that the fighting game community has always been welcoming to her when it comes to in-person interactions. Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico, a former pro gamer and current esports host, echoed that sentiment: “Whether you’re a sister or a brother in this scene, it’s very much a family feel for me.”