Aina XGaming: Brawn, brain and beauty
There’s a common misconception that gamers lack the smarts to excel in their studies, a fact that couldn’t be further from the truth. Take this Facebook Gaming Creator for example - aside from streaming PUBG Mobile to more than 112k followers regularly, Aina XGaming is also in her second year studying for her Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery. Though juggling between two full-time pursuits sounds taxing, it’s never been the case for her.
“I always plan out everything to balance streaming and studying,” revealed Aina Suraya Azuhairy, a hint of the maturity the 24-year-old possesses. It’s why she ventured into video game streaming late 2019, wanting to be a self-sufficient individual who can take care of herself with zero support, not to mention that her newly-earned official Facebook Gaming Partner title - which she’s grateful for - encourages her to improve herself. With more responsibilities as a Partner, “it pushes me to be more consistent because when I have a clearer purpose, I know what benchmark to fulfil for my growth and see where I’m heading to.”
Aina’s feat is even more impressive when you take into account that she's never been a gamer before this. After being introduced to PUBG Mobile, she was inspired to keep gaming when even got the chance to play with various professional PUBG Mobile players like Fredo Sameon (jealous!). “I hope I can be a successful professional gamer in the future,” the Penang native expressed, but this writer believes that she’s already on her way there, especially when she has at least 4.5 in KDA (kill/death/assist). After all, no mere gamer can proclaim that they’re part of a professional esports squad like Angel Bosskurr.
Aina was invited by a friend to join the all-female group early last year when they were on the lookout for members. Before she even got the invitation, Aina was already interested to join them, well aware that Angel Bosskurr is one of the more popular all-girls PUBG Mobile teams in Malaysia. “I wanted to brush up my skills by joining scrims and tournaments with the team, gaining the necessary experience to play on a competitive level,” said the support player, whose KDA played a small role in qualifying her for the team. There’s simply no better group to be a part of to pave the path for an aspiring female PUBG Mobile professional, as well as a successful female streamer in Malaysia.
On the other hand, fame has its own setbacks sometimes, including haters who’d constantly put us down even if we didn’t have any ill intentions. But, according to Aina, it’s perfectly normal to have people that will always judge us no matter what we do. “We can’t change people’s perception and views. True change comes from within us, not anyone else.” She insisted that “we do not live to satisfy others; instead, work hard for yourself and everything else will fall in line.”
The most important advice that Aina has to give aspiring female streamers, is to be passionate. “It’s okay if you don’t have good enough skill in playing games because as long as you keep doing it, you’ll eventually improve,” she said, adding that there’s nothing better than being around someone who’s passionate about what they do. To elaborate that further, a streamer’s emotions will naturally rub off onto their viewers, so “when you’re having fun, your viewers will have fun too.”
And lastly, Aina believes it’s essential to be positive and never give up. “Streaming is never a constant upward rise. The path to success is filled with ups and downs, so hang in there, keep going and don’t be afraid to try new things. Good things come to those who hustle.”