Video gaming competitions have become one of the havens for the selectively talented few that have the time and skill set to dedicate enough training to climb the tiers of the best gamers. Certain franchises like Tekken, Super Smash Bros, Street Fighter, or Guilty Gear have basically become professional sports.
In the past few years, there’s been a surprising amount of controversy surrounding female gamers: Critics have expressed that women are automatically less talented or capable because of their gender (YIKES).
On July 5, in Ontario Canada, a 15 year old girl known as ‘Toffee” scored a major victory in her still young competitive career. Early on in the Street Fighter 5 competition, Toffee had been defeated and sent to the losers bracket by a player known as ‘Forest613.’ In a comeback for the ages, Toffee fought her back to the up into finals bracket. As the losers bracket finalist she had to win two best of five sets against the same player who had taken her down earlier to win. Both of those sets came down to the round before Toffee finally landed the killing blow. One of the best parts of this story was her reaction the moment she won. She managed to show some good sportsmanship, shaking Forest613’s hand, before leaping to her feet in celebration. Her humble approach and joy in victory had made this moment go viral.
Just jump to 22:45 in the video to her moment of victory and celebration. Toffee was quoted after the match being very humble. She was excited to have won, but still knew how much farther she has to go.
I was definitely happy…It felt good to see the fruits of my labor, so to speak, but at the same time I felt like I hadn’t really come very far. Neither of the two players I usually lose to had attended, and so I had no way to tell if I was moving forward. All I know is that I have a long way to go before I’m worthy of having all these eyes on me.
To everyone that doubted her: Suckers.
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