Lovely as a rose and welcoming as spring, MissRose possesses sturdy thorns that held off naysayers and spreads the love.
To celebrate women who have contributed to the growth of esports and gaming in Southeast Asia, this series of profiles aim to tell the story of five women who have made a positive impact in their respective fields.
We’ve come a long way as a society. With most outdated ideologies out of the way, our unhindered progress towards bettering our community has been fruitful. But, old habits tend to die hard, and the cultures that have been ingrained by our ancestors is hard to shake off, despite modern sensibilities. Even so, Malaysian Facebook Gaming Creator, MissRose chose to carve her own destiny that deviates from the norm – in between fulfilling her roles as mother and wife, she streams video games for a living to make ends meet and founded a PUBG Mobile esports team, MissRose Esports Syndicate, who is currently competing in this year’s PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG 2020).
“I believe in helping my husband instead of being dependent on him,” Roslinda “MissRose” binti Embran said, in a manner that reflects her headstrong yet demure demeanour. “It’s better for us to have extra cash in case of emergencies too.” A mother of six, family has always been at the top of her priority in everything she sets out to do, and her career choice in streaming is no exception.
On top of her 136,000 followers on the MissRose Gaming page, her family has been extremely supportive of her streaming career, “even my mother – who is my Top Fan – watches my streams and sends me Stars.” She was introduced to streaming by her brother-in-law, who is also a fellow Facebook Gaming streamer, Fattahzie. “He said that since I’m already playing mobile games, I might as well make full use of it and stream to have more income,” she recalled.
A flower blooms
It’s hard to believe that MissRose actually had no prior experience in gaming, especially when she has to both game and interact with her fans as a streamer – she started playing PUBG Mobile seriously only five months before her first livestream. The Sabah-born streamer actually first heard of the battle royale game via her husband, having noticed him playing PUBG Mobile frequently, piquing her curiosity about the mobile game. “I felt dizzy just trying to look at how he played,” she said, amused at the memory.
That’s not the case anymore, of course. What’s impressive about MissRose, was that despite having little understanding, she was so intrigued by the game that she learned it herself by playing it… repeatedly. That’s dedication right there, and there’s more to the story. The family woman attributed her mastery of the game to Good Samaritan players online. “I’m lucky to have met really nice random friends that taught me to play the game better,” she added beamingly, unlike some of us who are usually in groups of solo jumpers. But, fans would be definitely glad that their favourite streamer was in good hands, otherwise she might’ve not continued this career path.
“Entertaining my viewers and supporters is my number one priority,” said MissRose, explaining that her fan base matters more than her gameplay. Thus, she pretty much only plays PUBG Mobile in-stream. “I tried out Call of Duty: Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, but they felt too complicated for me,” said the newly-converted gamer. Not that it mattered what games she played, because she’s “close with her viewers”, to the point that they defend her whenever there is any negativity directed towards her. And on the Internet, there’s no shortage of bad apples looking to poke the beehive.
Where is the love?
As reported in the news, MissRose was harassed by a number of conservatives for her streaming endeavour, often being “told to go back to the kitchen.” Despite being ambushed with said backlash, she didn’t feel disheartened or discouraged. On the contrary, she actually felt happy that it happened. “It’s publicity, which is good for me,” MissRose said, explaining that she’s glad her exposure on the Internet has led to many fellow content creators messaging her to ask for help, especially in regards to playing PUBG Mobile. As someone who can relate to knowing little about the industry when she started out, she was more than happy to help out fellow newcomers.
On how she handled the situation at the time, she acknowledged their perception of her: a woman who’s foregoing her duties as a parent/partner by gaming online. “I always calmly explain to them about my schedule, how I utilise my off-stream time to take care of my family,” she recollected. If they fail to accept her decision and continue to pester her, she’ll just ban them from her page. “There’s no point reasoning with them when you’ve tried your best to do so.” Fortunately, the toxicity didn’t last forever and she stopped receiving such comments altogether, save for the occasional perverse messages from strangers who knew little of respect.
Say “No” to a dystopian future
Such incidences give a glimpse into what female gamers face online, sometimes on a daily basis. In a society that’s slowly accepting equality as the new norm (especially in the gaming world), it’s much more feasible now to encourage a safe space for females to pursue their career in gaming, and MissRose has a few ideas on how we can pull it off. Most notably, “respecting each other” is an essential mindset that can discourage negative behaviour towards “girl gamers,” so as to “not underestimate the opposite gender.” “We can host friendly game matches (such as PUBG Mobile) between female and male gamers, all in good fun,” she suggested, adding that male streamers can also collaborate with female streamers to teach each other and improve their gameplay.
Slowly but surely, aspiring female streamers would have a positive environment for them to cultivate their game-related dreams. So, what should they know to take their career off to new heights? “Have your own personality and stick to it,” MissRose advised. “You can take inspiration from other streamers, but don’t copy.” The simple act of streaming consistently does wonders as well – she was streaming three times a day when she first started out, which drastically boosted her viewership as she gained recognition. Now, she streams once daily. “Also, create content that’s interesting and positive. It’s important to dress and act decently.”