If it hasn't become obvious by now, 2016 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years for FGC's growth as an genre of esport. Dreamhack will finally be coming to North America—specifically Austin. Street Fighter V will hit the shelves in three months and countless esport competitions will be unleashed throughout the globe.
Video games are clearly thriving.
With that in mind, I am not surprised to hear that Samantha 'Persia' Hancock is looking to re-enter as a competitor. Well, she's going to make an effort at least.
From Guns to Fisticuffs
Long before she became a staple within the fighting game scene, Persia used to be heavily play first-person shooters. Call of Duty. Gears of War. Halo. Persia played them all. But she found it difficult to progress in tournaments.
"Back then, no one took me seriously," she says in an interview with Shoryuken. The experience was somewhat frustrating to say the least and Persia opted to commit her time towards a genre that wasn't dependent on others.
"I figured if I switched to a genre that's all on me, then I didn't have to feel like I can pass the blame off to anyone else."
That's when Persia decided to move to New York where she officially joined Empire Arcadia five years ago. Her primary objective was to become a proficient competitor. Persia recently parted ways with the organization and now actively promotes Brokentier—an apparel company that creates iconic FGC products.
Everyday She's Hustlin'
Persia also juggles other projects as well in between her 9 to 5 position as an administrative assistant for a New York bakery. If you've been closely following the Marvel scene over the years, chances are you've seen her unique color commentary at EVO and other prominent fighting game tournaments.
In addition, Persia has been producing some of the best comprehensive content for the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 community.
And when she's not educating the masses on her show—Marvel Minds, Persia can be regularly found on Marvel Live where several prominent members of the community discuss key events and issues impacting the community.
Talk about a productive contributor to the community.
A bright future
Though Persia has competed in Ultra Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on various occasions, it's admirable to hear she's looking to revisit Halo in the near future.
Street Fighter V is also on the horizon, and though Yang isn't currently part of the roster, I am sure she's been heavily analyzing other viable characters that will give her a competitive edge.