No I am not kidding you guys. Apparently, a Taiwanese singer, MTV Vj, host and actress won in a female Electronic Sports League(ESL) Starcraft II tournament which recently concluded. The said Taiwanese player is Linda Liao, who goes with the nickname “Pikachu” won first place in the second SC2GoesFemale Cup of the ESL.
The Taiwanese star is a Diamond Ranked player in Battlenet and had to buy herself a Eu bnet account to take part in the cup. She prefers using Protoss as her main race and won over against other 30 players from different countries. The win even got the attention of a Taiwanese news show.
Translation: (taken from the ESL site)
Headline: Showtime Cinemasâ€™ young heiress Linda takes part in Online Gaming League and becomes Champion.
Female News Caster: From the entertainment industry comes a girl that makes Taiwan proud. She is the female celebrity Linda. Many would know that she comes from a wealthy family, daughter to the owner of ShowTime Cinemas. Other than her singing and acting career, not many would know that she is also a professional gamer. She has already been playing games for the past 10 years. In the early morning of 2am, she took part in an online international cup for female gamers which lasted for 4 hours and she defeated 30 other gamers around the world to win the title of champion. On behalf of her, the official website has put up the flag of Taiwan and her fans give her thumbs up and praise her for being the pride of Taiwanese eSports.
Linda (00: 30): Thereâ€™s a bit of worry of losing the game. (exclaims ahh:) Itâ€™s beginning to countdown!
Female Narrator: Linda, fully focused on the game has no moments to talk, she has her eyes fixed onto the monitor, and she is not even blinking. She just came back from her work and started up her game immediately.
Linda (00: 45): Iâ€™m currently playing against Zerg.
Female Narrator: Do not look lightly at her, as she just took down 30 other gamers at midnight on November 1st, and won the title of ESL SC2 female international champion for this game.
Linda: (00: 57): Iâ€™ve not get the chance to close my eyes for the past 48 hours. There is actually still 2 hours before work starts again after the cup, but I was too excited, and my hands were trembling from the excitement till the point that there was no blood flowing through my hands.
Female Narrator: On the online tournament format at the 1st position is the flag of Chinese Taipei and the game nickname that Linda is using. At the same time on Facebook, many comments were dedicated to her efforts in playing in this cup to represent Taiwan. Linda says that she had spent the past four hours playing against the 30 other gamers worldwide, and has spent 3 months of practicing against 3 million other users online. Her best records are playing consecutively for 4 days of games while not sleeping, and for winning this female division of the online cup, she has been given the title of â€˜Gaming Queenâ€™ in Taiwan.
The organisers has regulated that the microphone must be on at all times, and when they talk to me ‘hello hello’, I must reply back to them ‘Hi, I’m here, yes yes’. When they are not talking to me, the organisers will be speaking in their German language or English. I was constantly stretching my hands whenever I got the chance during the cup as it was very intense. *Linda shakes her hands*
Female Narrator: Linda has recently taken a fellow entertainment industry colleague, Bai XinHui as student, and both of them often play games together online. Linda states that after winning this cup, she aims to strive to become the next online gaming champion and become the pride of Taiwan online
It seems that she will also be partaking in the 3rd SC2GoesFemale cup which would happen this coming November 14. So if you want to know more about her you can visit her page at Dramawiki or even be part of her FB Fan Page. Or if you’re interested on the ESL you can visit their site to know more. Or if you can read chinese characters you can even read her blog and see her exploits.