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IMPORTANT WOMEN WE
THINK YOU SHOULD KNOW

(and constantly finding more!)


We think that showcasing women who have already made headways in the gaming industry should be recognized and looked into for inspiration, role models, and to bring stronger connections between the gaming community. The few that are highlighted are ones that directly inspired the start of Less Shaming More Gaming, but there are obviously a lot more that deserve just as much recognition.

Check these awesome women out on their websites, and social media!






ANITA
SARKEESIAN

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• Award winning media critic and creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency a not-for-profit that researches into representations in pop culture stories and deconstructing the stereotypes associated with women.

• Works in highlighting issues that target and harass marginalized groups in online gaming.

• She published a book titled History vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You To Know.

• She created a YouTube series named Tropes vs Women in Video Games which made her a target in Gamergate




• Kim Se-yeon known as Geguri is from South Korean and is the first female professional Overwatch player.

• First female player of the Overwatch League and plays for the Shanghai Dragons.

• Is one of the Zarya(character in Overwatch) players based on her shooting accuracy and win ratio.

• She was chosen among the Overwatch League’s top players to represent the Pacific Division in the League's 2018 All-Star Game.

• Nate Nanzer an Overwatch commissioner stated that Geguri, “has inspired millions of girls around the world.”



• She was the center target for Gamergate after her ex-boyfriend wrote about her which lead to harassment online.

• Zoe has won awards as an independent game developer, programmer, writer and artist.

• She developed a game called Depression Quest, helped in the game Memories 2064, and others.

• She has changed her career move to an activist and writer. Her first book which is a memoir will soon become a movie.

• Zoe co-founded an organization called Crash Override Network which is a group that provides tools and resources for people who experience online abuse.



• CEO and Creative Director for TRU LOVE which is a studio that makes AI companions. The focus is to create companions that are able to deepen friendships, and help calm and support the user.

• Brie has traveled to different game studios, gaming and technology events, non-gamers and more to speak about interactive media.

• She works with Game Girl Workshop to mentor students on interactive media.

• Was a lead AI programmer at Ubisoft for the game Child of Light, and three Assassin’s Creed games. And created the AI for the game Company of Heroes.

• At TRU LOVE she makes games with repairing what people think games are, and design for people who are not interested in gaming to show what positivity games have to offer.




JORIEN ‘SHEEVER’
VAN DER HEIJDEN

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• Sheever is one of the best known and most respected casters in online gaming tournaments. She is an e-sports host, commentator, panelist and an interviewer within Dota 2. She also is found within StarCraft2, CS:GO and Hearthstone.

• She is currently battling breast cancer, and keeps her fans updated on her treatment. Recently, she has come back to the e-sports scene!

• She started streaming on Twitch with Dota2, Skyrim, and World of Warcraft which later fueled her career on becoming a part of e-sports tournaments.



STEPHANIE
HARVEY

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• She is one the world’s best and most well known e-sports player.

• She plays counter Strike and has won five world championships playing it.

• Stephanie works at Ubisoft as a game developer when she is not in tournaments. 

• She is an activist for women’s rights, and in 2016 co-founded Missclicks, an online space to address issues in the gaming community. Also to promote safe spaces and promote female role models in gaming.





NATACHA
JONES 

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• As a student at University of Manchester she leads a e-sports club there.

•She was responsible for securing sponsors, partners and funding of King of the North, which is one of the largest e-sports tournament in the UK.

• Natacha is a e-sports producer and Observer and has joined the British e-sports Association.

• She is currently a coordinator and is developing the British e-sports Championships for schools and colleges. The British e-sports Association recently completed its pilot Championships project and is now attempting to implement the full Championship.

• Creative Director at The NUEL.




CAROL  SHAW

• Shaw is credited as being the first professional woman designer to develop a video game.

• She began working at Atari and was the lead designer on 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe which is one of the earliest video games.

• Carol has also worked at Activision a popular game developer company.

• She helped design River Raid which is considered as a masterpiece for the Atari 2600 Console.

• Carol is considered a pioneer in helping create what people know as home console video games.

Kiki Wolfkill     

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Amy Hennig

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Aya Kyogoku

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Corinne Yu

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Jennell Jaquays

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Lucy Bradshaw


Kellee Santiago

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Kim Swift

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Aurélie Debant

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Jade Raymond

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Elizabeth Sampat

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Tamara Miner

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Siobhan Reddy

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Robin Hunicke

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Giselle Rosman

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Reine Abbas

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Rhianna Pratchett

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Susan O’Connor

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Amrita McBharij

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Anna Kipnis

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Roberta Williams

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Brenda Romero

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Carolyn Petit

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T.L. Taylor

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Morgan Romine

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Jess Brohard

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Nadja Otikor

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Anna Prosser Robinson

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Leena van Deventer

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Chelsea Sandy/xMinks

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Judy Tyrer

Julia Juliano Kiran

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Brianna Wu

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