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Sasha Hostyn
Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn.jpg
Hostyn at the North American Star League Season 3 in 2012
BornDecember 1993 (age 25)
HometownKingston, Ontario
StarCraft II
Dota 2

Sasha Hostyn (born December 1993),[1] also known by her username Scarlett, is a Canadian professional video game player. She is most known for her performance in StarCraft II, though she briefly dabbled in Dota 2. After not meeting any success in Dota 2, she has returned to playing StarCraft II for Team Expert as of August 17, 2016. As of February 2018, she is the only woman to win a major international StarCraft II tournament.

Personal life[edit]

Hostyn grew up in Kingston, Ontario[2] and played games as a hobby during school and began to enter tournaments in 2011, leading to her career as a professional player. Regarding her gender identity (she is a trans woman), Hostyn has said it has "absolutely no relevance" to how she plays and that she has "always tried to make it a complete non-issue".[3]



Hostyn became prominent in the StarCraft scene in 2012 when she beat a number of highly ranked professionals at an event in Las Vegas.[4] In 2013, she climbed the global StarCraft rankings to rank 21 and placed second at NorthCon.[3] By mid-2014, Hostyn had taken first place in seven tournaments, making her the second highest-paid professional female gamer at the time.[5] As of 2014, Hostyn has won over $110,000.[2]

During her time playing StarCraft, Hostyn has been called "the queen of StarCraft II" and the "Korean Kryptonite".[4][6] The New Yorker called her "the most accomplished woman in e-sports".[2] She was the only Red Bull Battle Grounds 2014 finalist from a country other than South Korea.[7] In 2014, Polygon named her one of 2014's 50 admirable gaming people, describing her as "one of the few women succeeding at the top level of the StarCraft II pro scene".[8]

Dota 2[edit]

Having lost some of her "competitive drive" for StarCraft, Hostyn switched to playing Dota 2 in February 2015, explaining "If I can be good at both it’ll be something nobody has really done before."[1]

Return to StarCraft II[edit]

As of June 2015, Hostyn has returned to StarCraft II, joining the Dead Pixels team[9] and will compete in Korean leagues.

On August 17, 2016 Scarlett joined Team Expert.[10]

In February, 2018, Scarlett won the Intel Extreme Masters tournament, held in the leadup to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.[11]


Scarlett was entered in the Guinness Book of Records as "highest career earnings for a female competitive video game player" on October 5, 2016.[12]

Forbes named Scarlett one of the most powerful women in international sports in 2018. [13]


  1. ^ a b Parkin, Simon (February 6, 2015). "StarCraft II's high-flying 'Scarlett' is turning to Dota 2. Does success await?". The Guardian. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c McGrath, Ben (24 November 2014). "Good Game: The Rise of the Professional Cyber Athlete". The New Yorker. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Ryan (5 February 2014). "How a transgender "foreign hope" is challenging the pro StarCraft world". The AV Club. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b O'Neill, Patrick (21 December 2013). "Meet Scarlett, the 20-year-old woman who's blazing trails in 'StarCraft'". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  5. ^ Levy, Karyne (10 June 2014). "15 Of The Highest-Paid Professional Female Video Gamers". Business Insider. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  6. ^ Robertson, Adi (5 February 2014). "Meet Scarlett, the queen of 'Starcraft II'". The Verge. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  7. ^ Aidan, Julian (September 24, 2014). "Red Bull Battle Grounds 2014 Comes To Stunning Conclusion". Hardcore Gamer Magazine. Archived from the original on December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  8. ^ Campbell, Colin (30 December 2014). "Polygon's 50 admirable gaming people of 2014". Polygon. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Scarlett and FeaR join Dead Pixels".
  10. ^ @expertesport (17 August 2016). "A selection of our new roster. Do you recognize any of them?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Scarlett wins Intel's pre-Winter Olympics 2018 StarCraft 2 event".
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