OhMyV33nus on being a professional LGBTQ+ gamer in esports – Manila Bulletin

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OhMyV33nus on being a professional LGBTQ gamer in esports

Esports has become an important part of today’s Filipino youth culture, with games spanning generations like Counter-Strike and Defense of the Ancient (DotA) and today’s wide variety of locally popular games like League of Legends (LoL), Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) and Valorant.

More recently, local athletes have started dominating their respective esports leagues. Among those athletes is MLBB MVP Jonmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna. Playing for Blacklist International, OhMyV33nus went against all odds to become one of the most successful Filipino esports players today.

OhMyV33nus on being a professional LGBTQ gamer in esports

Like most esports athletes, OhMyV33nus’ love of sports began when she was still a child. Having grown up on PC games, with a particular interest in MMORPGs and MOBAs, OhMyV33nus decided early on to be part of the local esports community.

“Since I was a kid, my dream has always been as simple as playing for a team,” OhMyV33nus shared. “I used to just watch a lot of international League of Legends tournaments. Watching their struggles and winning moments motivated me to become who I am today and inspired me long before esports became popular in the Philippines,” she added.

With its own share of struggles and heartbreak, OhMyV33nus admits it hasn’t been an easy journey. She was the product of a decade of wins and losses – and after winning the MLBB M3 World Championships as her team’s mid laner, OhMyV33nus is now an international esports champion. With this success, OhMyV33nus serves as an inspiration to a new generation of Filipino gamers, especially those who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.

To all aspiring LGBTQ+ esports players, OhMyV33nus shares this advice: “Becoming a professional esports athlete requires intense physical and mental preparation and this sport transcends all of the determining factors we normally see in other sports – height , race, social status and sexuality is irrelevant in this area.Don’t let anyone look down on you just because of your gender or sexuality.

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