That week she handed in her resignation. Established in and operating mainly through a Facebook group, Widget provides everything from moral support to fundraising assistance for members experiencing domestic violence and financial hardship. While a tiny number of gamers become tournament megastars, more garden-variety streamers make their money through fan donations and sponsorships. Two years ago Chelsea quit her job as a pharmacy technician to play video games. But despite being among a growing number of visible, high-profile women in professional gaming, all the women Guardian Australia spoke to had something else in common, too: a sense of isolation.
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Going by the username Xminks, Chelsea has become renowned for her skills in Call of Duty — so much so that playing it online has become her bread and butter.
Mia, Chelsea and Kat are positive about their career choice. At the same time, to protect themselves, some women deliberately keep their personal details, such as their surname and location, even their age, out of the equation. Then there were the social implications.