If you know esports, you’ll no doubt be aware of one young woman who is consistently making headlines – India ‘Alanis’ Browne.

At just 16 years old, Alanis has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the gaming scene, particularly in Rocket League. Despite the sport’s male-dominated nature, Alanis has unapologetically pursued her passion, becoming a self-taught gaming prodigy and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry.

Blazing Her Trail and International Success
Alanis’s dedication and talent have taken her on a remarkable journey. As a semi-professional gamer, she has competed in tournaments both in the UK and across the US where she was first signed to an esports organisation at the age of 15.

Her breakthrough moment came in May 2022 when she earned a spot on the main Rocket League Team Roster, representing England at the first-ever Esports Commonwealth Games. Competing against players from 28 nations, Alanis and her teammates achieved an extraordinary feat by securing the inaugural Commonwealth Rocket League gold medal championship in the women’s category.

Making History and Setting Records
Alanis’s triumph at the Commonwealth Games was not just a personal victory but a historic milestone. As the youngest member of the England Esports team, she etched her name in the annals of esports history, becoming the youngest and the first black woman to win a Commonwealth gold medal in Rocket League, breaking barriers and inspiring a new generation of gamers. At the same time, she and her teammates on Team England also set a remarkable record for the most goals scored at a Rocket League qualifier, solidifying their dominance in the competition.

A Bright Future and Continued Success
Following her ground-breaking achievements at the Birmingham summer games, Alanis’s talent did not go unnoticed. She was recently signed to the female team roster of Endpoint CeX, a prominent UK-based esports organisation. Balancing her professional gaming career with her A-Level studies in Law and Hospitality, Alanis is poised for even greater success. With her determination, skill and commitment to promoting diversity in gaming, she is paving the way for future generations of aspiring gamers to chase their dreams.

Alanis’s impact extends beyond the gaming world. Recognised for her accomplishments, she has collaborated with brands such as NIKE, the BBC and Microsoft. Her passion for gaming and advocacy for inclusivity have made her a sought-after figure in the industry. Earlier this year she delivered the keynote speech at BETT 2023, an influential educational technology conference, where she shared her experiences and insights on the importance of gaming in education.

With each achievement, Alanis continues to inspire and break barriers. Her dedication and talent have earned her recognition within the esports community and opened doors for future opportunities. Balancing her studies and professional gaming career, Alanis represents a new generation of esports athletes reshaping the perception of gaming and its potential impact.

India ‘Alanis’ Browne’s journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and talent in the world of esports. Her remarkable achievements, both individually and as part of Team England, have broken barriers for black women. As the youngest person and the first black female to win an esports gold medal, Alanis serves as an inspiration for aspiring gamers worldwide.

Women in Games CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman offered: “Alanis has only just begun her journey yet is already breaking barriers and trailblazing. We wish this inspiring young woman all the very best, and look forward to witnessing her continued rise.”

Pic Credit: England Esports