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Sasha Hostyn
Hostyn at the North American Star League Season 3 in 2012
Personal information
BornDecember 1993 (age 26)
HometownKingston, Ontario, Canada
Career information
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 playing StarCraft II, and is the first woman to win a major StarCraft II tournament. She has also played Dota 2.

Personal life

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. Hostyn is a transgender woman, and has said that her gender identity has "absolutely no relevance" to how she plays and that she has "always tried to make it a complete non-issue".[3]


StarCraft II

Hostyn became prominent in the StarCraft II 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 II 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] By 2014, Hostyn had won over $110,000.[2]

During her time playing StarCraft II, 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

Having lost some of her "competitive drive" for StarCraft II, 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

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, becoming the first woman to win a major StarCraft II tournament.[11][12] Following this, in November 2018 Scarlett joined Newbee.[13]


Scarlett was entered in the Guinness Book of Records as "highest career earnings for a female competitive video game player" on October 5, 2016.[14]


  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. ^ Donnelly, Joe (2018-02-07). "Scarlett wins Intel's pre-Winter Olympics 2018 StarCraft 2 event". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  12. ^ Bell, Brian (2018-02-07). "Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn Becomes First Woman to Win a Major StarCraft 2 Tournament". Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  13. ^ @newbeecn (10 November 2018). "The QUEEN is here~ Welcome to Newbee @onfireScarlett" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Highest career earnings for a competitive videogame player (Female)".

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