Chinese esports player Li “VKLiooon” Xiaomeng wins the 2019 Heartstone Grandmasters Global Finals At BlizzCon this year. Li, 23 became the first woman ever to win and the first Chinese woman to win BlizzCon grand finals.
BlizzCon is an annual gaming convention held in Anaheim, California every year. Hearthstone is a popular card esports game presented by Blizzard Entertainment. The convention included Blizzard’s mainstream game collaborations like Starcraft, Mythic Dungeon, and Hearthstone.
Reported by ESA Entertainment Software Association in 2019, 46 percent of gamers are women. Nevertheless, when it comes to esports players there is a big difference between men and women depicted—which makes VKLiooon’s esports win so significant.
During her acceptance speech, the 23-year-old winner spoke on gender equality gap but still encouraging every woman to her their dreams and footsteps:
“Two years ago, I remember when I was competing in a huge tournament, I was waiting in line for backup sign-ups, and there was this guy telling me that if you’re a girl, you shouldn’t wait in line here — it’s not for you. And now today, I’m here with all the support from the fans. So I want to say to all the girls out there who have a dream for esports, for competition, for glory, if you want to do it and you believe in yourself, you should just forget your gender and go for it.”
Who Run The World ?? GIRLS