EEN MER­CADO

Streamer and geek in­flu­encer een mer­cado isn’t just your typ­i­cal girl gamer

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It’s a rare yet amaz­ing thing when stuff in life just seems to fall into place. Een Mer­cado has ev­ery­thing she needs to be­come a suc­cess­ful streamer in the gam­ing in­dus­try: She’s en­ter­tain­ing, knowl­edge­able about the cul­ture, has gar­nered a loyal fan­base, and has a face you’ll never get tired of look­ing at. But that doesn’t re­ally make her stand out from her con­tem­po­raries. In a world where ev­ery con­tent pro­ducer is vy­ing for the In­ter­net’s at­ten­tion, fig­ur­ing out what sets you apart could make or break your ca­reer. Een Mer­cado shows us that it takes more than just a pretty face to make it in any in­dus­try.

Why do you think peo­ple find it spe­cial when girls like to play games?

It’s so weird that peo­ple still make a dis­tinc­tion be­tween guy gamers and girl gamers. Merong mga com­pa­nies that want to man­age all-fe­male gam­ing tour­na­ments be­cause they see that that’s the way they can at­tract more sup­port.

But even if you’re against the dis­tinc­tion, you can’t deny that one of the main rea­sons for your stream’s pop­u­lar­ity is be­cause you are fe­male.

I’m hon­ored that peo­ple are start­ing to no­tice me as a streamer and I do re­al­ize that I take ad­van­tage of the scarcity of fe­male gamers in the Philip­pines. I think I’m in a very for­tu­nate po­si­tion where I can in­flu­ence peo­ple so I try my best to pro­duce qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment.

Would you want your fans to treat you the same as they would a guy?

No rin. I’m still a girl even if ako ta­laga yung tipong tamad mag-ayos, I still wouldn’t go live [on stream] with­out tak­ing a bath first. Kasi maram­ing mga guy stream­ers, es­pe­cially in other coun­tries, na parang walang pakialam sa it­sura nila and nei­ther do their fans, but in my ex­pe­ri­ence yung mis­mong view­ers ko pa yung puma­pansin ka­pag di ako nag-ayos, ha ha! Bigla silang mag-co-com­ment ng “Uy, no ki­lay day ba ngayon?” par­tida mga lalaki pa yung nakaka­pansin ng ki­lay, ha ha!

What made you want to get into this line of work?

When Mi­neski in­vited me to be­come one of their brand am­bas­sadors, I felt like this was the uni­verse telling me that maybe this is where I be­longed. I’m al­ways ex­cited to in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity be­cause we have the same in­ter­ests.

How can you tell if some­one’s a geek?

I guess you can tell if some­one’s a geek by talk­ing to them and see­ing how into the cul­ture they re­ally are. Parang if they claim that they’re otaku or anime lovers sana they know more than just two anime shows. Ayoko kasi na ika­hon yung mga geeks into one look or some­thing. I mean, tingnan niyo nga si Pia Wurtzbach, ibang klase yung ganda niya pero naglalaro pala siya ng games tu­lad ng Fi­nal Fan­tasy—i think any­one can be a geek.

How do you feel about “filthy ca­su­als?’’

There are some peo­ple who get into a hobby just be­cause they want to band­wagon on its cur­rent pop­u­lar­ity but don’t want to in­vest in know­ing more about the cul­ture. I like talk­ing to peo­ple who are just get­ting into geeky hob­bies be­cause we’ve all been there. I just started play­ing DOTA last year and I still have a low MMR (match mak­ing rating) be­cause I haven’t mas­tered the game but I’m will­ing to learn from veteran play­ers.

How do you feel about the geek cul­ture break­ing into the main­stream?

I like how peo­ple who aren’t geeks are slowly get­ting ed­u­cated about the cul­ture. Hindi na nila iisipin na for kids yung mga gusto namin. If peo­ple who don’t know much about the cul­ture gain some un­der­stand­ing of our love for th­ese things, I’m all for it.

WORDS Kat Zablan PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Ejay le­ung of Mid­night bonkers STYLIST san­cho bernardo HAIR jonas lu­cas, revlon Pro­fes­sional MAKEUP ria aquino

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