Bumble and Gen. G have come together to create an all women’s Fortnite team which is the first professional esports team of it’s kind. The two companies have taken the initiative to bring five talented players together to represent the 35% of women who play the popular Epic game. Bumble, a women’s first dating app and the large esports organization (Gen. G) aim to represent professional women in the male-dominated competitive industry.

“Team Bumble” is comprised of Kristen “KittyPlays” Valnicek , Madison “maddiesuun” Mann , Tina “TINARAES” Perez , Carlee “Carlee” Gress  and Hannah “Hannah” Reyes. The team hopes to pave the way for more female representation in esports and to help create new opportunities for women in the industry.

Valnicek, who is an extremely popular Twitch streamer and head of the new gaming initiatives for Gen. G, stated,

“Bumble is in the unique position of providing value to an entire generation of gamers, encouraging them to strive for their goals and facilitating ways to connect them IRL. The future is bright and I can’t wait to see the impact we make together!”  

This is an extremely important time for esports and the gaming industry. “Team Bumble” will be looked to as a model for future female teams and beyond. The esports community and the gaming community as a whole have always had a large number of female fans and to see a team embodying just that is exciting.


About The Author

Katie M

A model, cosplayer, and streamer. I have also co-hosted and written for an esports and gaming news show called the Wide World of Games. I have my dad to thank for getting me into video games, LOTR, Star Wars, anime and the like from a young age. Any RPG that'll make me cry is what I'm about. My favorite games include the Mass Effect trilogy, Nier Automata, Resident Evil, Overwatch, Rune Factory, Ocarina of Time, etc. Guaranteed if there's a strong female character from any game, show or anime, she's on my cosplay list.