•Among the countries being represented are Benin, Madagascar, South Africa, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia and Ivory Coast.
•Queen Arrow said she is aiming for a top-four finish at the championship.
Slyvia Gathoni also known as ‘Queen Arrow’ is among the eight players set to take part in the Swahili E-Sports Championship this weekend.
This year’s event organised by Naiccon marks the inaugural championship to be held in Africa.
Among the countries being represented are Benin, Madagascar, South Africa, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia and Ivory Coast.
Queen Arrow said she is aiming for a top-four finish at the championship.
“In a competition, anything goes. I do want to be among the top four players and qualify,” said Gathoni.
“My preparation for this competition is the same as when I go to international tournaments. I study the opponents and the characters they play in the game,” she added.
The eight players are competing for a grand prize of US$2,500. Gathoni said:” My goal for this competition is to get the tournament experience because that’s been my primary objective for this year and to just feel more comfortable as a participant.”
President of France E-Sports, Desire Koussawo said the tourney will promote gender equality and build the gaming industry in Africa.
“From the other tournaments we held, we realised that most of the participants were men. Yes, we have female gamers but they were not turning up for the tournaments. This year, we want to change that through this Swahili E-Sports,” said Koussawo.
“These eight women are shattering stereotypes. This journey is important as it builds a foundation for others,” he added.
However, Koussawo stated that there is still a lot to be done to improve E-Sports in Africa.
“There are still so many issues facing E-Sports in Africa. From technological issues to revenue and even the stereotypes that gaming is a waste of time and for children only,” said Koussswo.