Malindi is a Zambian student, gamer, content creator for Ai Gaming, and self-proclaimed extroverted introvert. She has a streaming channel on YouTube called Mali-Chan’s Bizarre Adventures and a Ko-fi page where she showcases her love for cosplay. Get to know Malindi and what are thoughts are on how to get noticed as a gamer.
Tell us about yourself, Malindi.
My name is Malindi Chipenzi. Other people call me by my Gamertag, Mali-chan, which is fine too! As of about a month ago, I became a content creator for Ai gaming. My hobbies include watching anime and playing games!
How did you get into playing and streaming games?
When I was younger, I grew up living in my grandma’s house, and she spoiled me rotten. She bought me my first console. It was one of those off-brand knock-off consoles that usually come with cartridges that claimed to come with 99 games in one. I was so grateful, and I ended up playing it almost every day! My parents took note of my interest in gaming, and they started buying me better consoles whenever they could. As for streaming, I decided to try it out because I realised that I liked having people watch me when I’m gaming, and I also enjoy interacting with whoever might be watching me while I play. I told my little brothers that I was interested in streaming myself as I played games, and they encouraged me to go for it.
What are some of your favorite games? Is there any way you feel that they could be even better?
I tell everyone that will listen about my love for the games in the Persona series. Not only is the turn-based combat in these games fun and flashy, but the game also presents us with characters that you can get close to, as well as form strong bonds of friendship with. The games in the Persona series taught me the value of forming bonds with other people. The only qualms I have with persona is that the protagonists are usually high-schoolers so it’s sometimes hard to relate to them. I would love it if one of the games had an older protagonist.
What are some games you want to play in the future?
I have always wanted to play Xenoblade Chronicles 1 and 2 because I am a huge fan of Japanese Role-Playing Games (JRPGs). Hopefully, I will get the chance to do so soon.
You create content for Ai Gaming, a professional eSports organization, and lead Zambian Gaming entertainer; how did you get the role? What do you feel helped you get noticed?
It’s due to how interested I am in gaming. With a quick visit to my Twitter profile, it’s not hard to see that I love gaming, among other things. The CEO and owner of Ai gaming, Chitalu Ilunga, told me that he was impressed by my passion for gaming.
What platforms would you advise a new gamer to be on to get noticed?
Twitter is always a good place to be, in my opinion. I have made contact with so many other content creators and people with similar interests that I probably would not have if not for Twitter. I think using hashtags on whatever content you post definitely will help your intended audience find you.
What does the future look like for Malindi?
Even after I acquire my degree and start to work, I would like to stream more (and regularly!), especially to platforms like Twitch.
What would you like to see more of in the African gaming scene and the gaming scene globally?
I would like to see more diversification in the competitive games at big tournaments. I would love to go to a tournament and sign up to play games like Mario Kart competitively. We usually have the more ‘intense’ games like Tekken and Mortal Kombat.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us? A fun fact?
Back in second grade, I told my teacher that my middle name was Goku. Goku is the name of the Main Character from the anime “Dragon Ball”. My teacher didn’t question and started writing in the records that one of my names was Goku, but this didn’t last long, though. My grandmother found out and had it corrected.
Subscribe to Malindi’s on Youtube channel: Mali-Chan’s Bizarre Adventures
Support Malindi and her cosplay and content on ko-fi: Mali-chan