Despite the best efforts of some within gaming over the years, sexism is an ongoing problem for working women at any level across the industry. The relaunch of G4TV hasn’t been able to avoid this, with new talent such as Fiona Nova, Gina Darling, and Indiana “Froskurin” Black regularly targeting audiences amidst the show’s live chat, comment section, and social media. However, on one of the latest episodes of Xplay, Froskurinn took the opportunity to counterattack on some of these viewers, and the sexism during gaming.
Prior to being involved in the G4 relaunch, Froskurin was known as a color commentator who regularly covered games in the League of Legends Pro League and the League European Championship. She pulled out of the LPL and LEC in January 2021, saying she wanted to work in a managerial or development role in the sports industry at the time. It was then announced in February 2021 that he had signed with G4, joining fellow esports broadcasters Oville May and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez.
As mentioned, Froskurinn spoke out against the sexism she and the other women at G4 experienced after the relaunch during a segment on Xplay called “Gaming Complaints Broadcast.” She admitted that her original complaint was being focused on red dead online, but she decided to use her time to focus on sexism to vent her frustration with some viewers’ “reaction” because the original G4 hosts weren’t as attractive as Olivia Munn and Morgan Webb. Another example she gives is how she has a “special flame for just being a woman” when criticized, while other hosts, such as Adam Sessler, are not, despite reading from the same script.
Froskurinn applauds the team’s work in G4 in front of and behind the camera, giving their all to relaunch despite the toxicity aimed at the female half of the team. She even managed to fit in one shot counter Strike Global Offensive Caster Duncan “Thorin” Shields, who recently came under criticism for his Twitter meltdown, said ESL’s all-female circuit was toxic and discriminatory against men.
The comments are another, poignant example of how more people in gaming are standing up to the spoken and unspoken sexism that has long been a part of the industry. Froskurin’s experience with toxic audiences is one of many other women, whether it’s some lesser-known member of a dev team or a well-known personality like Valkyra, have had some kind of experience, both professionally and personally. Until the past few years, however, these stories were often unheard or simply brushed aside while the industry simply progressed without any meaningful change.
However, the last decade has shown a changing mindset within the industry as women speak out about their experiences in an effort to make the right change. The most recent example of this can be seen in Activision Blizzard, which has consumed itself with allegations of sexism and workplace harassment, the equivalent of CEO Bobby Kotick. It remains to be seen how things pan out, but if Activision Blizzard can hit so hard with these allegations, it could be a sign that things are finally moving in the right direction.
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