Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter: Female streamer plays games to pay off her mother’s debt

Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter came to streamer from the hobby of playing games. After 5 years, she became a famous name with income in millions of dollars.

Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter is known as the top female streamer, famous in the gaming community. Valkyrae was born in 1992, from Washington, USA. She has 3 bloodlines: German, Filipino, and Spanish.

Valkyrae started streaming role-playing games on Twitch in 2015, when she was in college. She said she has been playing games since she was a child. So she decided to open a channel showing her favorite games.

From hobby, the streamer becomes a 28-year-old girl’s full-time job. Through subscription fees, fan donations, and grants, Valkyrae said he managed to pay off his mother’s debt. At the same time, it also helps her cover the cost of rent and living expenses while living in Southern California.

Valkyrae’s game monitors are mostly men. Sharing about her career, the female streamer said that even though she loves being constantly connected with her fans, becoming an Internet celebrity comes with many challenges.

The broadcasting platforms she participates in are mostly men. Therefore, people often think that a girl just wearing a shirt a little is enough to attract attention and not care about her gaming skills. However, Valkyrae admits that despite trying to dress politely when livestreaming, there are always jokes, evaluations of appearance, and gender-discriminatory qualities that appear.

Valkyrae was harassed for weeks by a network account. That user creates new accounts every time she tries to block. At that time, she received dozens of cursing and racist messages in her mailbox every day. The harassment ended only after the female streamer threatened to denounce the behavior to law enforcement.

Valkyrae said the secret she used to overcome the dark sides of her job was to accept harassment and look down on female streamers. This is unavoidable and doesn’t let it become a personal issue. She said that no matter what you do, how hard you try in life, there will be haters, so you just need to focus on your work.

One of the ways Valkyrae fights negativity is by partnering with other live-streaming girls and finding more female audiences. The female streamer shared the comments below showing that these videos are especially popular among teenage girls and mothers watching with their children.