Meet Sylvia, aka Queen Arrow, a professional gamer and content creator for UYU and a Global eSports Federation Member. Sylvia plays Tekken professionally in tournaments, and she was the first African to be signed to a major e-sports team. Sylvia tells us more about herself and how she was able to make a name for herself in games.
Tell us about yourself, Sylvia.
My name is Sylvia Gathoni, but I go by the name QueenArrow. I am a Tekken 7 player and content creator currently signed to UYU. I’m also a lawyer, just about to graduate from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa with an L.L.B.
When did you start playing professionally, and how did you begin to make a name for yourself in the games industry?
I began playing professionally in 2017, starting with Mortal Kombat but transitioned to Tekken in 2018 and have stuck with it since. I showed up to a lot of gaming conventions and tournaments, and that’s how I began building my name and reputation. The fact I also got signed to a U.S.-based eSports team in 2018 helped stuff.
What steps would you advise a new gamer to take to get into professional gaming?
My advice to a new gamer would be to practice hard, don’t hesitate to ask questions, and be kind to yourself as you continue with your journey.
Have you thought about developing your own game? If so, what would it be about?
I haven’t thought about it really, but if I if had the chance to do it, I would buy the rights to the Assassin’s Creed franchise and start it from scratch to create a better storyline and gameplay, rather than the mess they have going on right now (This deserves its own TED talk).
You are signed with UYU, and are a member of the Global eSports Federation; how did you get noticed? What has your experience with success in games been like?
My journey has been helped by people who have believed in me and my abilities. XiT Gaming began my rise in popularity that has been boosted by the Ivorian Tekken community, the Lagos eSports Federation, and the US, EU, South African, and Japanese communities, and I cannot thank them enough for their help.
You Play Tekken professionally, are there other games do you enjoy playing? What are they?
I enjoy adventure games a lot, especially those with a historical basis like Assassin’s Creed, Ghost of Tsushima, Horizon Zero Dawn, King of Fighters, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Devil May Cry.
You are also an aspiring lawyer; who inspires you in games and law?
In games, I look up to so many people it’s hard to list them all. There are amazing women like Cuddle Core, Tanukana, Yuyu, Jinhee as well as my other male colleagues like Anakin and Arslan Ash. In law, I look up to my elder brother who is an advocate, and I also look up to Sarah Ochwada who is paving the way for sports lawyers.
What would you like to see more of in the African gaming scene and the gaming scene globally?
I’d like to see more of us represented on the international stage and us helping each other get there and having each other’s backs.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us? A fun fact?
Fun fact, I also play the piano and violin!
Follow Sylvia on Twitter: @MalikaSiheme98
See one of her video interviews here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOPuZdeeJTk