Talented cosplayer Mudra Roy poses in her Cyberpunk cosplay.
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6 gamer girls in India you need to know

If you want to know more about the awesome gamer girls in India, you've come to the right place. Read more about them in this article.
Written by Soham Rane
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Indian gaming has seen a great influx of professional gamer girls over the last few years, which is great because we get to tell their stories and write about their superb achievements. Get to know some of India's best gamer girls who are becoming the inspiration for the next generation of gamers.

Mudra "Wallfl0w3r" Roy

Mudra Roy streams regularly and recently finished streaming The Walking Dead: Final Season.

Mudra "thewallflower" Roy streaming

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"I think I was four years old when my elder sister introduced me to gaming. Our dad is a computer enthusiast who used to bring new games such as Duke Nukem and the first Tomb Raider. I have never looked back since," reminisces Mudra. "Today, my favorite games include Prince of Persia Warrior Within and The Witcher 3. Their story and gameplay are on point!"
Mudra is also a regular streamer who recently finished streaming The Walking Dead: Final Season. She is also a passionate cosplayer for which she has won an award. She says, "I started cosplaying because I wanted to embody my favorite video game characters. It gives me a positive vibe about myself."

Vidushi "Mogambo" Singh Suryavanshi

Vidushi "Mogambo" Suryavanshi is one of the few female gamers who gave going professional a shot.

Vidushi "Mogambo" Suryavanshi at a tournament

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Vidushi used to go with her brother to a cafe and play Mortal Kombat and Tekken on arcade. "Having an elder brother means you are always the second player," she laughs. Gaming started as a form of escapism for her, but she slowly started enjoying it.
"I tried a few MMORPGs but didn't have the patience for it. My brother then introduced me to League of Legends and here I am," she says. She is also among the few girls who gave professional gaming a shot. "I was an immense tryhard who would skip college and practice continuously."

Apollonia Hinds

Apollonia Hinds bats for a level-playing field for women in gaming to showcase their talent.

Apollonia Hinds at a tournament (2nd from left)

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Apollonia is more than just a professional League of Legends player. "I wanted a playing field for women to showcase their talent. I proceeded to organize all-female tournaments to make that happen," she says. She became the captain of Girlaxy, an all-female esport team, in 2016 and was instrumental in setting of Girlaxy India where she is now full-time.
"I would never forget the feeling of not having a platform for myself. I faced criticism and online bashing," she recalls. Her plans for the future include reaching out to more female gamers in India and build a strong community. "Eventually, we have to bridge the gender gap. That will be done after showing that we're no different than men."

Manasvi Dalvi

Manasvi's father came with a console one night and she was instantly hooked to gaming.

Manasvi at her desk

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Manasvi was introduced to gaming in the 1st grade by her father. "He came home one night with a console, and I was hooked!" she says. Gaming for her is a gateway where she gets to meet new people with different perspectives. "Most importantly, I get to be the most uncensored version of myself."
She also is a regular streamer. "After a few streams in the start, I received overwhelmingly positive responses from the community. That motivated me to take this seriously." An avid PUBG player, she also believes that PUBG is the most interesting Battle Royale game. For her future, she says, "I'm exploring the horror genre as I find it very exciting. You'll be seeing a lot of spookiness on my channel soon!"

Shagufta "Xyaa" Iqbal

Shagufta "Xyaa" Iqbal is one of India's foremost streamers in the gaming community.

Shagufta "Xyaa" Iqbal in her habitat

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"From cute flash games to Age of Empires, I played it all on my dad's PC," remembers Shagufta, one of India's foremost gaming influencer. "After that, I learned about Counter-Strike 1.6, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Today, PUBG is my main game." When she started streaming, she realised that she enjoyed it more than her job in software engineering and decided to take the plunge. How did it work out?
"So far, getting partnered with Entity Gaming and HP alongside hitting 80k subscribers feels like a dream!" Shagufta is a community-first streamer who believes that interacting with her viewers is her top priority. A majority of her friends are people she met while streaming! "I want to continue building my community and have a successful channel on YouTube. I believe in taking one day at a time," she concludes.

Zara "Purpleshrimp" Rebello

"I remember being fascinated by Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. I tried my hand at it and even played a few fighter games on Wii. It wasn't until five years go when a friend introduced me to Dota 2 that I was hooked," says Zara. She also is a skilled cosplayer who religiously attends LANs and tournaments.
Cosplaying helps her put together her two passions – art and gaming. "I find it a creatively liberating and fulfilling practice. I enjoy the process of making the cosplay and being in it." Speaking about her future in gaming, she says, "As soon as I am done with my degree, I plan on coming back with a bang – not only with cosplay but also streaming and gaming – to my heart’s content."