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It’s exciting times to be a gaming fan, especially if you’re a female. In an industry that’s largely dominated by males, a new female-centric Overwatch team has been born. Simply known as MBT. Valkyrie, this team is the brainchild of a collaboration between Cooler Master and Malaysian Battlefield Team (MBT).  

Since their collaboration with MBT last year, Cooler Master has continuously inspired younger gamers to push and work hard towards achieving their eSports dreams.

We were lucky enough to have a quick word with Amanda “Hamlet” Yow, one of the members of MBT. Valkyrie who couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this team. However, she feels that the players’ gender really shouldn’t matter.

I feel extremely happy to be a part of this team, of course! But at the end of the day, I think gender shouldn’t matter when it comes to eSports. Unlike conventional sports where gender seperation is necessary, this doesn’t hold true in eSports, where mental skills are required more than physical skills. It doesn’t matter what gender the person sitting behind the screen is, what matters is his/her attitude. 

She also goes on to discuss the competitive nature of the game and what drove her to play it.

First and foremost, I play because I enjoy the game (Overwatch) and I’m sure most people do too. But of course, there’s a competitive side to the game, which I also dig. I use this opportunity to gain experience and also meet new people.

For those of you who do not know, Overwatch is a revolutionary First Person Shooter (FPS) game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. What separates Overwatch from other FPS games like Counter Strike and Call of Duty is that Overwatch assigns players into two teams of six, with players selecting one out of the array of characters, called heroes, each with unique movement, attributes, and abilities.

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MBT. Valkyrie members include:

  • Sylvia “Yue” Yap
  • Elaine “Bloodyrukia” Chern
  • Alice “EvieNya” Chong
  • Angeline “iCaramel” Chan
  • Tan “GrilledKoi” Yen Li
  • Amanda “Hamlet” Yow
  • Yuukii “Kusochii” Yong

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