Kayane

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Kayane
Marie-Laure Norindr
Kayane - Monaco Anime Game Show - P1560592.jpg
Kayane at Monaco Anime Game Show 2013
Status Active
Born (1991-06-17) 17 June 1991 (age 27)
Nationality French
Current team Red Bull
Games Dead or Alive
Soulcalibur
Street Fighter Tekken
Nickname(s) Kayane
Official website

Marie-Laure Norindr (born 17 June 1991, in Paris, France), also known as Kayane, is a French electronic sports player and journalist. She specializes in fighting games, in particular in the Dead or Alive, Soulcalibur and Street Fighter series,[1] and has been playing competitively since 2001. Since then, according to Guinness World Records in 2011, she has been the most successful female participant in fighting game tournaments, especially regarding the Soulcalibur games. She is currently sponsored by Red Bull.[2]

Biography[edit]

Kayane at Bushido International 2010

Marie-Laure Norindr was born June 17, 1991 in Paris and grew up in Argenteuil, a north-western suburb.[3] She is of Laotian and Vietnamese descent[4] and her nickname Kayane comes from conjunction of the names of Dead or Alive characters Kasumi and Ayane.[5][6]

Kayane has played video games since her early childhood, interested in a variety of genres.[7] In 2001, she won the second place in France's vice-champion in Dead or Alive 2 at an age of nine; it was the first tournament that she has ever participated in.[1] Since then, she has competed in scores of gaming competitions in France and around the world (over 80 in total by 2012[8]), winning many of them;[9] her Major League Gaming record includes second place in Soulcalibur V in 2012.[10] She has been a member of the Mad Catz pro gaming team[11] and was sponsored by eLive.pro.[12] In 2014, Kayane became the first electronic athlete from France to be sponsored by Red Bull.[13][14]

Kayane has co-organized various gaming events (including charity events[15] and "Kayane Session" events[12]), became a brand ambassador for the French Soulcalibur V launch event and advertisement campaign,[16][17] and worked as an e-sports writer and journalist. Since October 2013, she has been co-hosting the TV show Game One e-Sports on French television channel Game One.[18][19][20] As of 2012, Norindr has been studying business; she said she sees herself playing professionally for ten more years "before starting a family."[8]

Accolades[edit]

In 2012, Kayane entered Guinness World Records in the categories "First Female Super Street Fighter IV World Champion"[21][22][23] (EVO 2010, playing as Chun-Li, regarded by Kayane as a personal role model[8])[24][25] and "Most Podium Placements in a Fighting-Game Tournament for a Female (2001-2011)".[26] According to Guinness, she has been ranked top three in 42 fighting games tournaments by 2011. Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition also awarded her the title of "Most Successful Female SoulCalibur Player" for her 48 Soulcalibur series podium placements between 2002 and 2012.[27][28]

In 2009, Namco created a tribute AI named "Kayane" for the character Xianghua (Kayane's favourite Soulcalibur character[7]) in Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, imitating Kayane's playing style.[1][29] A character named "Kayane" appeared in 2012's Soulcalibur V. In 2012, Forbes called Kayane "the most consistently successful female fighting game competitor of the 21st century,"[30] and French magazine Le Point called her the "queen of fighters";[8] in 2013, Complex included her beating members of the audience without looking at the screen[31] among the "most incredible performances in video games".[32]

Tournament record[edit]

Tournaments and championships record
Year Tournament Game Location Place
2014 DreamHack Winter 2014 Ultra Street Fighter IV Sweden Jönköping, Sweden 9
2013 Xbox One Tour Killer Instinct Paris, France 1
2013 Japan Arcade Team 3v3 Soulcalibur V Japan Tokyo, Japan 3
2013 EVO 2013 Side Event Soulcalibur V United States Las Vegas, United States 7
2012 Stun Academy Dead or Alive 5 Paris, France 5
2012 E3 2012 - IGN Pro League Dead or Alive 5 United States Los Angeles, United States 5
2012 Super Arcade USA Tougeki Qualifications Soulcalibur V United States Los Angeles, United States 1
2012 Bar Fight Soulcalibur V United States Philadelphia, United States 2
2012 CEO Soulcalibur V United States Orlando, United States 2
2012 Major League Gaming Summer Championship Soulcalibur V United States Los Angeles, United States 2
2012 Major League Gaming Spring Arena (TOP8 Tournament) Soulcalibur V United States New York City, United States 3
2012 Soul Arena #6 Soulcalibur V Paris, France 2
2012 Soul Arena #4 Soulcalibur V Paris, France 2
2012 Stunfest (Team Tournament) Soulcalibur V Rennes, France 2
2012 Major League Gaming Winter Championship Soulcalibur V United States Columbus, United States 7
2012 World Game Cup (World Team Tournament as Team France) Soulcalibur V Cannes, France 1
2012 World Game Cup (Team Tournament) Soulcalibur V Cannes, France 1
2012 World Game Cup (Solo Tournament) Soulcalibur V Cannes, France 5
2012 SoulCalibur V Launch Event Soulcalibur V Paris, France 1
2012 SoulCalibur V Official Qualifier Tournament for French Finals Soulcalibur V Paris, France 1
2011 World Game Cup 3v3 Super Street Fighter IV Cannes, France 2
2011 World Game Cup (Solo Master Series) Super Street Fighter IV Cannes, France 3
2011 World Game Cup 3v3 Soulcalibur IV Cannes, France 2
2011 World Game Cup 5v5 Soulcalibur IV Cannes, France 3
2011 World Game Cup (Solo Tournament) Soulcalibur IV Cannes, France Top 8
2011 Beat By Contest World (Solo Tournament) Super Street Fighter IV Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland Top 11
2011 Beat By Contest World (Team Tournament) Super Street Fighter IV Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland Top 16
2010 Bushido Impact XIV Team 2vs2 Super Street Fighter IV Paris, France 3
2010 Super Versus Battle Team (European Tournament) Soulcalibur IV United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 2
2010 Super Versus Battle Team (European Tournament) Super Street Fighter IV United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 3
2010 EVO Women Invitational (World Tournament) Super Street Fighter IV United States Las Vegas, United States 1
2010 Stunfest Soulcalibur IV Rennes, France 4
2010 Gnouz Ranking 1 Saison 3 Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 8
2010 World Game Cup Soulcalibur IV Cannes, France 9
2010 Bushido Nibaï Impact 3 Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 1
2010 Bushido Impact 2 Saison 1 Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 4
2009 Bushido Impact 1 Saison 1 Team Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 1
2009 Bushido Impact 1 Saison 1 Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 7
2009 Gnouz Ranking 6 Saison 2 Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 9
2009 Gnouz Ranking 5 Saison 2 Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 1
2009 Cup Console Sports League Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 1
2009 Game in Chelles Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 4
2009 Gnouz Ranking Resurrection Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 5
2009 Evolution (World Solo Tournament) Soulcalibur IV United States Las Vegas, United States 9
2009 Nationals (World Tournament) Soulcalibur IV United States Denver, United States 17
2009 Internationals (World Tournament) Soulcalibur IV United States Denver, United States 7
2008 Gnouz Ranking 3 Saison 2 Team Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 1
2008 Gnouz Ranking 3 Saison 2 Solo Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 3
2008 Gnouz Ranking 2 Saison 2 Team Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 2
2008 Gnouz Ranking 2 Saison 2 Solo Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 5
2008 Gnouz Ranking 1 Saison 2 Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 9
2008 Japan Expo Soulcalibur IV Paris, France 2
2007 Gnouz Ranking 5 Saison 1 Soulcalibur III Paris, France 3
2007 Gnouz Ranking 4 Saison 1 Soulcalibur III Paris, France 3
2007 Gnouz Ranking 3 Saison 1 Soulcalibur III Paris, France 5
2007 Gnouz Ranking 2 Saison 1 Soulcalibur III Paris, France 1
2007 Gnouz Ranking 1 Saison 1 Soulcalibur III Paris, France 1
2007 E-games Soulcalibur III Toulouse, France 1
2006 World Game Cup World (Solo Tournament) Soulcalibur III Cannes, France 3
2006 World Game Cup World (Team Tournament) Soulcalibur III Cannes, France 2
2006 Gnouz Calibur Contest Soulcalibur III Paris, France 2
2005 World Championship Soulcalibur II Paris, France 1
2004 World Game Cup (World Solo Tournament) Soulcalibur II Cannes, France 4
2004 World Game Cup (World Team Tournament As a Team France member) Soulcalibur II Cannes, France 2
2004 Japan Expo Soulcalibur II Paris, France 2
2004 World Cyber Games Soulcalibur II Paris, France 2
2004 Event Soulcalibur II Paris, France 1
2004 Esiée Soulcalibur II Paris, France 1
2003 World Cup Soulcalibur II Paris, France 2
2003 Cartoonist (Team Tournament) Soulcalibur II Paris, France 1
2003 Japan Expo Soulcalibur II Paris, France 3
2002 Salon de l'imaginaire Soulcalibur Paris, France 3
2002 World Championship (Solo Tournament) Soulcalibur Paris, France 1
2002 World Championship (Team Tournament) Soulcalibur Paris, France 1
2002 Fan Festival (Team Tournament) Soulcalibur Paris, France 1
2002 Fan Festival (Solo Tournament) Soulcalibur Paris, France 2
2001 Epita Dead or Alive 2 Paris, France 2
2001 BD Expo Dead or Alive 2 Paris, France 2

References[edit]

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