Her father thought that she had fallen prey to a pyramid scheme, and flew to the city where she was in a bid to rescue her.
Gui, now 20, is better known as “LLG Shan Chen” in China’s competitive video gaming, or e-sports, community. The “LLG” stands for her team’s name, “Love Laughing Girls,” one of China’s first all-female professional video gaming teams. In its most recent contest, LLG went head-to-head at the end of August with three other all-female teams from Europe, Taiwan, and South Korea at a League of Legendstournament in Hong Kong, for prize money worth more than $10,000, but also for recognition that female gamers should be taken as seriously as their male counterparts. “I want to prove that I’m not inferior to guys,” said Zhang Zhou, 19, a teammate of Gui’s.