“There used to be a lot of trolls saying ‘games aren’t for girls'”

Shagufta ‘Xyaa’ Iqbal was a recent guest on The eSports Hour on the eSports Hour Red Bull race begins.

Xyaa is a popular streamer who started her gaming journey five years ago when she first created content around the shooter game Overwatch. Since then, her YouTube channel has gained over 272,000 subscribers.

In The eSports Hour, she discusses her journey as a female gamer, her experience with the Streamer Showdown, her shenanigans with two adorable dogs, and more with host Ocean Sharma.

Here are some interesting things she said on the livestream.

“Woh log mera flow is just se zyada Alita ko dekhne aate hai”

translate: Viewers come to my stream to see Alita more than I do

Ocean starts the conversation by asking Xyaa about her furry friend. Xyaa revealed she has two dogs, Ivy (a six-month-old Siberian husky) and Alita (a three-year-old golden retriever). As a gamer and streamer, she says, she can stay at home and take care of the dog. When Xyaa chats with Ocean, Ivy appears in the background of the creek, playing with her toys, prompting Xyaa to joke about how her audience is watching her dog instead of watching her play games.

“Online events ka waisa feel hi nahi hai jo LAN events pe aata hai”

translate: Online activity feels different from LAN activity

When Xyaa was asked about her experience with the Skyesports Championship Series, she talked about how the energy and atmosphere of LAN events are more appealing compared to online tournaments. She said she was delighted to be competing in the LAN Championship after more than two years. She also talked about the fun she had while playing the Streamers Showdown.

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“Mujhe abhi Best BR (Battle Royale) Apex Legends hi lag raha hai”

translate: I think Apex Legends is the best battle royale right now

When Ocean asked Xyaa for her thoughts on battle royale games, Xyaa said she had played PUBG before, but not since. She also dropped Apex Legends after seasons 1 and 2, but recently started enjoying it again.

“Hope Wow (Apex Legends Mobile) bhi grow kare India mein”

translate: Hopefully Apex Legends Mobile will also develop in India

Xyaa wants Apex Legends Mobile to grow in India. She also said that she tried the mobile version, but it was a little difficult to adapt to the pace of the game. The popular anchor talks about the importance of moving fast in the game and how she will play more in the future.

“You can’t just play one game all day, you burn out easily”

Xyaa spoke about how surprised she was to see a dedicated chef and a fitness trainer at the camp during a recent trip to Team Vitality. She talks about how important it is to get involved in other activities instead of playing one game all day. She looks forward to visiting training camp again and creating content around it.

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“There used to be a lot of trolls, jo chat mein aakar bolta tha ki ‘Gaming is not for Girls'”

translate: There used to be a lot of trolls who would join the chat just to say “games aren’t for girls”

Xyaa talked about the recent increase in the number of female gamers. She also said she heard quite a few sexist comments but chose to ignore them and move on. As a female streamer, she also encourages other female players to do what they love and ignore hate speech. She said that as more girl players join the community, the number of trolls will automatically decrease.

“The main aise bait ke sochti hu, ‘bhai kya din the woh’”

translate: Sometimes I just sit and think, ‘Wow, those days’

When Ocean asked her to share her best YouTube memories, Xyaa mentioned two specific ones. The first is about how she achieved the platinum trophy in Elden Ring and how she achieved it in one stream. She recalled how her community watched her play for more than seven hours until 5 a.m.

The second memory she said was when she was raided by MortaL when she had less than 100,000 YouTube subscribers. Xyaa laughed at how her stream suddenly crashed because MortaL asked his viewers to jump to Xyaa’s stream and help her reach 100k subscribers; her live audience jumped from 300 to over 15K immediately, causing the crash.

Ocean also asked Xyaa four interesting questions.

  • ocean: Xyaa’s four favorite things to eat

  • Saiya: Biryani, Chicken, Ice Cream and Omelettes!

  • ocean: Four places Xyaa wants to roam around the world

  • Saiya: I’ve never really paid attention to travel, so I don’t really have anything in particular I want to go to

  • ocean: Four games that Xyaa will never tire of

  • Saiya: Apex Legends, Dark Souls, Elden Ring and CS:GO

  • ocean: Four things Xyaa likes to do besides gaming

  • Saiya: Playing with my dog, watching crime documentaries, watching other streams, drinking chai.

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