While men may treat them as a rare species, women who play video games are actually becoming increasingly more widespread. Furthermore, recent polls conducted by the media have revealed that 35 to 40 percent of women, while still a minority, in fact, play video games in their spare time. Of course, the medium is still male dominated, but those figures are beginning to skew more and more each day. On a personal level, my fiancée plays more video games than I do. She’s always addicted to something new, whether it’s Dragon Age: Inquisition or The Elder Scrolls Online.
Sure, we all know of the fake “gamer girls” who simply do what they do for attention. You know, a bikini-clad photo shoot with an Xbox controller in one hand. We all know those women don’t actually play video games. They’re being paid to perform in front of the camera. It’s marketing, pure and simple. Of course, that’s not to say gorgeous women don’t play video games. We see many women playing their favorite video games on Twitch or YouTube every single day. These women truly enjoy their video games, and it shows. There is a certain passion and a level of dedication in those who enjoy the hobby. It’s wholly evident in their person and lifestyle.
In any case, these fifteen women stand apart from the crowd. They’re some of the most beautiful gamers in the entire world, and they’re not shy about their favorite hobby. It’s all about enjoying the game!
15 Felicia Day
Felicia Day, an actress, singer, and writer is known for her web series The Guild, a show based on her experience as a gamer. Furthermore, she’s known for writing and starring in Dragon Age: Redemption, a web series based on the role-playing game by developer BioWare. Since The Guild, Day has won numerous awards, including best female actor in a comedy web series, best writing, and best female performance.
Most recently, Day welcomed her daughter into the world. With this recent addition to the family, her video game playing days are probably numbered for the time being. Before becoming so busy, Day would regularly spend eight hours per day playing World of Warcraft. The MMORPG is known for being insanely addictive for anyone who steps into Azeroth.
14 Zooey Deschanel
When you think of a gamer, most people immediately think of an obsessive individual who spends countless hours on their favorite game each day. That’s not always the case, though. While Zooey Deschanel has admitted she was once addicted to The Legend of Zelda, she removed herself from her Nintendo.
An American actress known for Elf, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and New Girl, Zooey is generally quite busy raising her children, working, and just generally being adorable. Her video game playing days may be behind her, but once a gamer, always a gamer. You can’t ignore the fact that she would regularly marathon The Legend of Zelda in her spare time. We’re curious to learn whether she’ll return for the newest iteration on the Switch or not. It’s surely an enticing game!
13 Kim “Aphrodite” Ga Young
Kim “Aphrodite” Ga Young, a well-known StarCraft 2 professional player, hails from South Korea, where the real-time strategy game is famous. Previously playing for MVP, Aphrodite is best known for participating in Zowie Divine, a female-only tournament. Despite losing her first two matches, she managed to hit the playoffs thanks to tiebreakers against SsQ and DaSakura. She eventually won 2-1, then proceeded to the finals, earning the $5,000 winning prize pool.
Aphrodite managed to make history in the game when she faced Eve in Heart of the Swarm. She won the match, of course. Furthermore, she is currently ranked in South Korean Grandmaster League, is one of just three female players to win a game on Korean TV, and is an avid swimmer when not gaming.
12 Jessica Nigri
Born in Reno, Nevada, Jessica Nigri has been involved in the cosplay scene since 2009 and entered the world of modeling in 2012. She served as a spokesperson for numerous video game series, including Lollipop Chainsaw and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. On the cosplay front, she’s gone viral as “Sexy Pikachu” and Anya Stroud from Gears of War 3, which she helped promote for both Microsoft and GameStop.
Nigri has won numerous internet awards for her cosplaying, including IGN’s contest for a model portraying Juliet Starling, the protagonist of Lollipop Chainsaw. She was subsequently hired by Warner Bros. Games to portray the character at the 2012 Penny Arcade Expo East. Despite some controversy surrounding her revealing clothing, Nigri remains steadfast and passionate about video games and cosplay.
Danielle Mackey, better known as TradeChat, is a gamer, game reviewer, and reality television personality. She is known for her YouTube channel, where she discusses all things World of Warcraft. Furthermore, the experienced gamer has held starring roles in both The Tester and King of the Nerds – two reality TV series focused on nerd and gamer culture.
Before making one to two videos per week about her video game obsession, TradeChat was in the top ten percent of her class. She dual majored in biology and chemistry, but chose not to pursue her degree, citing stress. Her channel, on the other hand, is quite successful. Formed in 2009, she uploads up to two videos per week and currently has over 1,300 on the channel. Her subscriber count has grown exponentially.
10 Kaitlyn Richelle
Kaitlyn Richelle, a popular Zerg player hailing from Canada, once played the nasty Protoss in Brood War. She started streaming her StarCraft 2 gameplay in late 2012 after a number of her close friends and acquaintances urged her to show off her skills. She volunteered as a caster aid during the NASL Season 3 and quickly became popular on teamliquid.net, reaching rank 30 by the end of the year.
Furthermore, Kaitlyn is considered to be one of the top ten individuals who have defined Twitch for what it is now. Furthermore, she decided to forego all interviews during her first year of streaming, as she wanted to appear serious about her competitive play without bringing attention to herself unnecessarily. Her competitive experience includes the leSF 2013 World Championships and 2014 MLG Anaheim.
9 Alodia Gosiengfiao
Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao, a Filipina cosplayer and model, is best known for her portrayal of the Priestess from Ragnarok Online and Gun Mage Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2. Both she and her younger sister were featured on Culture Crash Magazine, a major manga magazine in the Philippines. They managed to score the cover spot for their cosplaying.
Since attaining the cover, Alodia has since portrayed over 40 video game, anime, and movie characters, including those from Witchblade and Final Fantasy X-2. She has won multiple awards for her cosplay efforts and is being invited to conventions and judging panels for competitions. Furthermore, she was named one of the top ten most famous cosplayers back in 2014. This gorgeous gamer certainly has a modeling career ahead of her and she’s a gifted singer to boot!
8 Melonie Mac
Melonie Mac, a YouTube star known for her gaming, anime, and tech-related content, has become quite popular on the video hosting website since her inception in 2009. She’s even popular on Twitch, with over 110,000 followers. Since entering the world of gaming, she has acquired a massive fanbase, with hundreds of thousands of followers on all her accounts.
Melonie Mac received her start as a Frag Doll Cadette for Ubisoft back in 2010. She later worked for the developer’s marketing and promotions department. She credits both her brothers and her father for introducing her to video games at a young age. Today, she’s known for playing League of Legends and, most recently The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s safe to say she’s quite varied.
7 Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere received her start as an official interviewer for SK Gaming and CyberSportsNetwork. She would regularly host the League of Legends news recap series known as Summoners Recap. In terms of her history, Sjokz began gaming in 1999, where she played iCTF in Unreal Tournament. She has since competed in numerous LANS and won the Eurocup.
She has since become the host for the European League Championship Series in Cologne, Germany, and gained further visibility on Travis “Tnomad” Gafford’s “Whose League is it Anyway?” Furthermore, she traveled to Korea to cover the OGN Championship. Despite being known for League of Legends, she started in the world of first-person shooters, her first true love genre. Lastly, her nickname, “Sjokz,” is derived from the shock rifle weapon used in Capture the Flag in Unreal Tournament.
KayPEaLoL, otherwise known by her real name of Kelsie, is a League of Legends streamer and YouTuber. She is known for playing main mid, and usually plays as one of three known heroes: Lux, Brand, or Ahri. On occasion, she has guest appearances in her videos/live streams in the form of her two cats, Ronin and Luna, despite not inviting either of them.
For the most part, her YouTube channel consists of casual gameplay and stream highlights from previous sessions. Like most streamers, she occasionally uploads a vlog here or there. While she seems to stream daily, when possible, her video uploads are more sporadic. For example, she has released two videos in the past week, but in the past, has only uploaded one per week, at most.
SSSniperWolf, as she is known on YouTube, has become a video game personality online. The British-born YouTuber and cosplayer has been active since 2013 on the video platform. She’s active daily, and currently has over 1000+ gaming-related videos on her channel. There’s something to be said for her dedication and variety of games played. In fact, she has experience in Overwatch, Destiny, Grand Theft Auto Online, The Evil Within, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and plenty more.
If you couldn’t guess, her username is inspired by a primary antagonist of Metal Gear Solid. That just goes to show her love for the medium. There has been some controversy surrounding her videos, especially her Call of Duty gameplay, but SSSniperWolf has proven herself both capable and dedicated to gaming.
WatchGirlsPlay is, perhaps, best described as organized chaos. This YouTube channel, formed in 2013, focuses on gaming from the female perspective. Each episode uploaded is incredibly varied and features a unique cast of female players. Originally, the channel started with seven female players. Today, there are even more who make appearances. The girls started by playing indie games, mostly horror, and filming their reactions. While still a major focus of their channel, they now enjoy more variety, including flash games and popular Steam titles.
For the most part, it’s rare to see fewer than four girls in a video. Occasionally, they do live videos with all the women together. Gameplay is more common, though. Furthermore, they’ve earned themselves a reputation by interacting with their fan community quite extensively.
3 Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis is a gorgeous actress known for her starring roles in That 70’s Show and Black Swan. Before becoming a talented actress, the young woman spent her hours playing World of Warcraft, where she has a high-level mage by the name of “Captainpicard.” Even the name points to her being a complete nerd.
Kunis joined Dan Amrich on his podcast, One of Swords, to discuss her gaming experience. The actress claims she shifted from Settlers of Catan to World of Warcraft for game nights. She even managed to infect her friends, gathering them into the game and enjoying themselves questing, killing mobs, and clearing raids on a daily basis. She once discussed playing the MMORPG during all day sessions. That just goes to show, WoW is addicting for everyone!
2 Jade Raymond
Jade Raymond, born in Montreal, is a well-known video game designer. As the founder of Electronic Arts’ Motive Studios and Ubisoft Toronto, Jade has worked on a few impressive titles. Most notably, she led the creation of Assassin’s Creed and went on to become the executive producer of Assassin’s Creed II. Furthermore, her portfolio includes Watch Dogs and The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. She’s certainly varied and skilled!
Jade received her start as a programmer for Sony Online Entertainment. Her early career saw her working on Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit video games, then moving to EA to work on The Sims Online in 2002. Today, Jade spends her time at Visceral Games, located in California, where she is working alongside Amy Hennig on Star Wars titles and new IP.
1 Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn doesn’t like to be labeled as a nerd or a geek, despite having been the face of G4TV, on Attack of the Show! for such a long time, where she discussed video games on the regular. The actress, best known for her role in X-Men: Apocalypse, absolutely adores first-person shooters, building computers, and messing with her smart home. Tech is literally surrounding this woman.
Despite her love for first-person shooters, Munn absolutely loves the Assassin’s Creed franchise. At the time, she was also beyond excited to enjoy Halo on the Xbox. She claims her love of the FPS stems from the fact that you’re in total control, not simply watching a character on-screen. It makes her feel “more capable.” We certainly know what she means!