Just when you thought that 2017 couldn’t get anymore interesting, here’s a curve ball that’ll hit you right in the nuts and teach you a thing or two about stereotyping gamers.

Meet UNIKATS, Brunei’s first exposed all-female team who will make you rethink about throwing that joke about girls being in the kitchen.

This team consists of five players; CHA∀, Vulincible, ZFAY, Ambrosine and K1TTY, who are determined to prove their worth in not only keeping up with the boys in game but also keeping the gaming community constantly competitive in its steady growth in Brunei.

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Currently under the sponsorship of Sigma Cyberspace, UNIKATS is still fresh out of the pond as a local team but have gained notable popularity this year as their participation in tournaments gave them the spotlight in being a formidable quintuple band of gamers.

Assembled under the common love for video games, these ladies focused their sights on going beyond the idea of fame and fortune in competitive gaming and settled on finding solutions to develop the E-sports scene in Brunei.

This fresh perspective gave them the direction while their motivation gave them the push to keep the ball rolling for the scene as they work their way up in improving the quality of competitive play in Brunei’s gaming community.

Assembled under the common love for video games, these ladies focused their sights on going beyond the idea of fame and fortune in competitive gaming and settled on finding solutions to develop the E-sports scene in Brunei.

Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CSGO), League of Legends (LoL), Defence of the Ancients (DOTA) and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) are just a few of the games currently under their belt of frags but though the list could go on, they intend to keep CSGO in their main competitive run – a safe and smart decision considering their early growth as a team.

Though the team has been active in competing tournaments both individually and as a team, they personally feel that they have yet achieved their competitive gaming desires. One of their biggest takes was competing in the Asian qualifier of the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG), making it all the way to finals, only to lose to Vietnam – a devastating loss but one that has given them the experience for a destined comeback.

“As any newly formed team, we’ve encountered more failures than success”, they shared. “Although we have not achieved what we wanted or aim for, we do think (we have) proven ourselves to be a team to be taken seriously.”

You could say that the attention they get in being a male dominant gaming scene can be a daunting experience but these girls take it in stride and more impressively, gain strong support from their male counterparts – whether its out of respect or simply a boy-ish crush, we’ll leave that open to interpretation.

Team Unikats as their avatars on a game of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

There’s no doubt that UNIKATS are a dynamic addition to the still estranged yet growing gaming scene in Brunei and that somewhat is a promising thing for its future. Could we expect more girls to now come out of their shells and face the stigma of gamers being more male dominant? Could there be a shift in perspective for our E-sports scene now that it is generally accessible to both genders?

Only time can tell but here are a few words of advice from the ladies themselves for the Brunei gaming scene as well as those hidden gamer girls out there:

“It may be easier said than done but don’t give up. We know the gaming industry here has been rocky but once it hits its peak, it’ll surely skyrocket. Think of it this way, the better the competition, the faster you will improve yourself. Do not be afraid to make mistakes as failure is the only way towards success. Be willing to leave your comfort zone as it is the greatest barrier blocking your way to achieving your true and full potential. Start slow, build a team together and bond from there.”

They added, “If there are any gamer girls out there (who are) new to the industry or want to establish themselves and start their gaming future with us, we are more than happy to assist them in helping them grow.”

Be sure to catch UNIKATS in action this weekend for the Brunei E-Sports Tournament at Royal Brunei Recreational Club where they will be joined by more local gaming teams like the Borneo E-Arena Tournament CSGO champions, Goodfellas.

For more updates on UNIKATS, follow them on their Facebook page.

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