“There are thousands of inspirational stories waiting to be told about young women who yearn for a great education. They are stories of struggle and stories of success, and they will inspire others to take action and work to change lives.” ~ Stephanie “Missharvey” Harvey, Video Game Developer For Counter Logic Gaming
Summary: Stephanie Harvey is a Canadian video game developer and professional gamer. Currently associated with Counter Logic Gaming. She has won five world championships during her professional career as a professional gamer. Outside of professional gaming, she works as Ubisoft as a designer. Due to the amount of gender discrimination in the ESports industry, she co-founded Misscliks, an online community that focuses on challenging the stereotype of women within the gaming industry and video game culture. Through Misscliks, Stephanie has spoken out against sexism, verbal abuse and sexual harassment that surrounds female professional gamers. She was named as one of the influential women on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Q: Obviously with rise of the female gamer and the all the Team Secret ladies did really well at the 1-v-1 tournament that PGL put on earlier this year. Is there a reason that we don’t see mixed teams at the highest level? Is the sisterhood that comes with a female team too strong? on slingshotesports.com
A: There are tons of mixed teams! You don’t hear about them. You only hear about the top female teams because they are females. I know a lot of women that play on men’s teams and that’s just how it is. I personally know that me and all four of my teammates would not be on this team if it wasn’t for each other, meaning that I would be on a male team too if it wasn’t that I have been playing with these girls for over 10 years. They are my best friends. I’m playing with my best friends, I’m not playing with four other girls, it just turns out that we are five females.