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Female gamer breaks new ground in world of 'StarCraft'

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A 20-year old girl is breaking new ground in the world of professional gaming, according to a new profile today from The Daily Dot. Her name is Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn, and her game of choice is the South Korean dominated StarCraft franchise.

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Competitive gaming, now called eSports by many event organizers, has been a traditionally male-dominated world. Hostyn, a 20 year old Canadian, got her big break in 2012 with a series of upset wins over established StarCraft champions at an event in Las Vegas.

Her success continued this year:

In the past month, she’s sparked a rivalry with Jaedong, the highest earning eSports player of all time. She placed third at Red Bull’s Battle Grounds New York City, where she played one of the most exciting matches in memory against Bomber, one of the best players in the world, en route to a silver medal, making her easily stand well above any other non-Korean player.

Hostyn's trailblazing success has earned her several nicknames. She is known as “Korean Kryptonite” and “The Queen of Blades,” building up a huge fanbase that rivals any other professional StarCraft player in the world.

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