Get to know the Women in Esports Committee – Bryony-Hope Green

Get to know the Women in Esports Committee – Bryony-Hope Green

12 min read | 15 Feb 2023

With the Women in Esports committee recently expanding, the initiative is continuing to grow and blossom.

But, who are the people behind the Women in Esports committee?

In this series, we highlight each member of the committee, their role in esports, and how they view female and marginalised gender representation in the industry.

For this spotlight, we spoke to British Esports Content Manager Bryony-Hope Green about her time with the initiative, and her journey into the industry.

The full committee interview with Bryony-Hope is available on the British Esports YouTube channel, or through the link below.

Quickfire Round:

Q1 – What is your favourite food?

“So I don’t have a specific favourite food other than the category of crisps. Any and all crisps are the best thing in the entire world and I could happily just eat crisps forever, but I know that’s not healthy.”

Q2 – What is the worst game you have ever played?

“So, I’ve not played much of it, but I really couldn’t get into it – Dota 2. My old group of friends were really into Dota, and I didn’t want to be left out so I joined in with them, and I lasted a match. I had no idea what I was doing, and it really solidified my ‘hatred’ for MOBAs.”

Q3 – PC or Console?

“Oh, PC. I got my first PC in 2018, having only played on every generation of PlayStation up until that point. But yeah, I got my PC and I’ve never turned back.”

Q4 – If you could be any gaming character, who would you be and why?

“It would definitely be Athena, she’s my all-time favourite character, that’s why my gamertag, everything is based around Athena. I’ve got my Athena tattoo, like she’s so strong and powerful and she in that universe is not seen as other or different in the Bounty Hunting role she is in. Just the way that she holds herself and can also be powerful amongst the people around her is something I’d aspire to have.”

General Questions:

Q1 – How did you get started in esports?

“I didn’t really get hands-on in esports until 2020, but I had my introduction to esports in about 2017. My family have been gamers forever, my Dad had us on his lap watching him play World of Warcraft, Everquest, all-sorts when we were very young, so we’ve grown up that way. My older sibling went to university to do a Game Art course, and also got pulled in to do some Overwatch tournaments at some different conventions.

“I was then able to really immerse myself into the competitive side of gaming, because I’d played Overwatch but never really considered the tournament side of it, and the LAN side of it as well.

“It was being able to see my older sibling go and compete in a LAN, and do quite well, that pulled me into thinking ‘oh, okay, let’s learn a bit more about this’. And then I basically just fell into the rest of esports.” 

Q2 – What has been your biggest achievement in your career so far?

“Biggest achievement for me I’d say is being published in the International Journal of Esports. That was big. That was my first personal publication, because I did volunteer writing for the Student Champs and that’s how I started with British Esports, but being able to spend weeks writing, researching, and doing a proper essay about toxicity in esports – and then for that to end up being published in the IJoE was a bit mad. 

“I think that gave me the confidence to keep going, and inspired me to push further. Publication is becoming a bit more normal now, also doing stuff with The Esports Journal – it’s all sort of spiralled out of control from that point.”

Q3 – Where do you see yourself in esports in the next five years?

“As with any journalist, you like to see yourself published a bit more, but I’d like to see myself working towards creating my own publication. As much as British Esports is great, and I imagine I’m going to stay here for a long time and help make a difference, I think my long-term aim is to have my own publication, my own space, and I really think that in the next five years I could get enough experience to help start.” 

Q4. How does it feel to be part of the Women in Esports committee?

“I feel quite honoured to be part of the Women in Esports committee. I think it’s such an incredible group of people who have all got the same passion, who have all got the same will to make change, and being able to be part of the committee, and push the initiative from a more internal side is really great. I get to see how the initiative and committee works, and I also get to help make that change that the initiative is trying to make.” 

Representation Questions: 

Q1 – Do you feel as though women and marginalised genders are represented well enough in the industry?

“No, but representation is getting better. Last year, we definitely saw a rise in female rosters becoming a thing for a genuine reason, rather than to just tick a box. We are seeing more women getting into the spotlight, there are tournaments being made to specifically cater for the development of female talent, and so many people both on camera and behind the scenes are seeing career development, whilst also becoming role models. 

“These things are really important, but there’s so much more that we can do. Just being able to continue on this trajectory of making a difference, and getting more women to become encouraged to get involved in esports is definitely the right track to go. But, as I said, there’s a lot more that we could be doing.” 

Q2 – What are your thoughts on female-only tournaments compared to co-ed?

“I know a lot of people are probably going to say the same thing but, female-only tournaments are a very great stepping stone to be able to transition from not being involved in esports. These female-only tournaments are providing the experience to go on and achieve, so from a more grassroots perspective, having spoken to some of the players in the Women in Esports Student Champs pilot, the impact that it’s had on these young girls is incredible.    

“The fact that they’re building up the confidence to want to compete further, whether that be against other women and marginalised genders still, or even go beyond and go to compete in the ‘normal’ division is incredible.  

“These tournaments, whether or not they’re from a professional side or from a grassroots side, are just that stepping stone that will allow women to gain the confidence that they need to be able to feel good enough in themselves to sit comfortably in a mixed or co-ed roster without having to feel uncomfortable about who they are.”  

Q3 – What would have helped you realise sooner that you wanted a career in esports?

“It comes down to this whole idea of role models. Growing up being a gamer, I didn’t have female friends that were gamers, I just wanted someone to share my gaming experience with.  

“Just having someone potentially sooner that was on the screen, whether that be on Overwatch League because that was the thing I was involved with the most, or even seeing more female esports journalists out there and in the spotlight, I think that would have helped me overcome a little bit of hesitance.”

Q4 – What does Women in Esports mean to you?

“It’s going to be really cheesy, but to me, Women in Esports is that glimmer of hope for women, marginalised genders, and those that have been almost shunned out of the esports industry, to show how there are so many other people who may be in the same position, who may have the same feelings as you, and who want you to achieve.

“There are people who are in your corner, and Women in Esports, and the committee, is bringing those people together to create role models in the industry for people who potentially are in what our position was when we were younger, right now to be able to see something that they wouldn’t have seen a few years ago.   

“The committee is such an incredible group of people, and we are all rooting for more representation, we’re all rooting for change. Women in Esports is definitely a really great start, and it’s really exciting where the initiative is going. It just makes me feel great to be part of that.”

If you want to learn more about Bryony, you can check out her Twitter, or watch the full interview over on the British Esports YouTube channel.

Eager to learn more about Women in Esports, and the committee? Make sure to follow the Women in Esports social accounts for the latest news, as well as the hub on our website for more content.

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