Busisiwe 'Bee' Masango-Steenkamp
Photo Cred: Goliath Gaming | Supplied

Paving the way for women in FIFA esports, Busisiwe ‘Bee’ Masango-Steenkamp joins Goliath Gaming, blending her passion for football, virtual competition, and advocacy for women’s sports.

 

South Africa (05 December 2023) – True athletes love to compete, excel, and win. It doesn’t matter if they are on an actual field or a virtual one: the spirit is the same, and few illustrate this better than Busisiwe “Bee” Masango-Steenkamp, a rising talent in competitive esports and a passionate evangelist for women’s football.

She is the newest Team FIFA recruit at Goliath Gaming, the leading South African esports group and an affiliate of Acer and Predator gaming gear.

“I have heard of professional gaming, but I honestly didn’t think it was a thing in South Africa,” said Busi. “I was surprised to learn that there were female gamers in the industry. But there are no females in SA representing the FIFA/EA FC competitive scene. I saw it as an opportunity to open doors for other women while doing something that I love.”

Busi, a non-traditional gamer with roots in competitive netball, discovered her love for football after a wrist injury led her to the beautiful game. Growing up surrounded by five brothers and three male cousins, the Soweto Derby became an annual family tradition. However, it was her determination to stay active after her injury that brought her closer to football.

“My passion for football started after I fractured my wrist while playing netball. I needed to keep myself busy, so I decided to learn how to juggle the ball like Ronaldinho. That’s where the obsession began. I found myself watching more games to learn more about the sport and to learn more skills and tricks. I eventually started playing with the boys at school at the age of 8.”

Her journey into the digital realm of football began with FIFA 07 on her older brother’s PlayStation 2. Recognizing football stars like Ronaldinho and Rooney on the game’s cover, she couldn’t resist trying it out. That moment sparked a lasting love for the game and set the stage for her esports adventure.

Busisiwe 'Bee' Masango-Steenkamp
Photo Cred: Goliath Gaming | Supplied

It wasn’t until attending the FIFA Play Like A Girl event, co-hosted by Goliath Gaming, that Busi discovered the exciting world of esports. Her skills impressed key figures at Goliath Gaming, leading to an offer to join the team, backed by Acer.

“It’s great being part of the Goliath Gaming team and having Acer’s backing,” said Busi. “They are supportive, understanding, and helpful—like a mini gaming family. It’s taught me a lot. I have learned that there is always room for improvement. Consistency and dedication are key and work hand in hand. For the most part, it has been great. Learning about the industry, building a presence, and competing has been fun.”

However, Busi acknowledges the challenges she’s faced, including encountering toxic elements in the esports scene. Yet, she remains undeterred, driven by the opportunity to be a role model for other women. She’s using this momentum to fuel her passion for football, completing her coaching license and spearheading “Bring the Ball,” a football platform focusing on women’s football in South Africa.

“We are trying to create a safe space for women to get relevant information about football tournaments and trials. We have a podcast, Instagram page, YouTube channel, and an official website.”

The future looks bright for Busi. Her passion for football is opening doors, and she envisions a future where more women join the ranks of football and esports. For those aspiring to turn their passion into a future, she offers a piece of advice:

“I will reference my favourite quote, ‘Your fear of looking stupid is holding you back.’ If you want to do something that makes you happy, then go for it. The fear of making mistakes shouldn’t deter you from chasing your dreams. I have developed resilience because of the obstacles I have been through. Be open to learning new things and asking questions!”


Sources: Busisiwe ‘Bee’ Masango-Steenkamp | Goliath Gaming 
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