A massive leap forward for the Esports world as INTZ Esports debuts their first female League of Legends player, Mayumi. Julia “Mayumi” Nakamura has recorded her name in history for doing so.
Who is Mayumi?
Mayumi is a League of Legends Esports player who is currently deployed as a support for INTZ Esports. Relatively new to the scene, Mayumi has only played in two top tier tournaments. Her debut took place barely two months ago. She represented team Pink Swords at the GirlGamer 2019 Esports Festival. The event took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Currently, she is participating in another tournament, the Superliga ABCDE 2019. Here she’s representing team INTZ Esports. Mayumi is the only female representative for the team. In her first game, Mayumi recorded a KDA of 1/0/15 against Uppercut Esports while playing Nautilus support.
Here’s a footage of Mayumi landing the kill of UP Stepz which was a brilliant Zenith Blade of Leona:
grande momentos da @superligaabcde :
— majubs (@mariafogueta) December 1, 2019
While Mayumi certainly impressed the Brazilian crowd, she wasn’t particularly satisfied with her run. In a post-match interview, Mayumi said:
“I would like to thank you all for the support I received today, but unfortunately, I have not reached the desired results. My first time competing in a high-level league could not have been any more special and I am very grateful for all of you. Thank you for everything, I hope to see you next year.”
INTZ first debuted at the 2014 Season Brazil Regional finals. The squad was knocked out of the quarters in their debut tournament. The team, however, impressed the following year. They had won 2015 CBLOL Split 1 clean sweeping Keyd Stars 3-0 in the finals. They won the same competition yet again in 2016 beating the same finalists thus becoming back-to-back CBLOL Champions. This year as well they have picked up the championship title of CBLOL 2019 Split 1. The Esports franchise also has CS:GO, Rainbow Six, Rocket League and Smite teams.
Women in Esports
Esports is still a male-dominated industry. As a rough estimate, only 1 in 20 recognized Esports players are women which is an extremely low figure. Male Esports players can be named by the dozen, but only a handful of gamers will recognize the names of Katherine “Mystic” Gunn or Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn. The Esports world really needs to integrate more female players into the arena and portray gaming as it should be.
Such instances are not only massive leaps for women in Esports, but for the Esports scene as a whole. Here’s to hoping we witness even more Mayumis stepping into the gaming scene.