“I wanted to really jump into that and make history,” Wheeler told CNN Business. “It’s a great opportunity to help inspire other girls… they can join any organization. They can play any game.”
“I was waiting for a really good offer. I wanted something that would be in my best interest, and I wanted to wait until the right one came along,” Wheeler said.
“I have noticed it’s a male-dominated business. I know there was the belief way back that women were only good to be housewives and then men went out and had the career,” said Wheeler, “I think we’re a part of seeing that change now.”
Wheeler called working with Ninja “special.”
“Gender doesn’t matter in this. The important thing is to support each other while you’re playing,” said Wheeler. “So I felt really cool, it was a really unique experience. But I wanted to show Ninja that anyone can play. Male, female, it doesn’t matter.”
“It’s important for kids to have a home, to have a place where they can start their own career and I want to be able to give them that opportunity to start that.”
Wheeler was born deaf. She uses sound visualization in the game so she can be aware of players walking up to her for an attack.
When playing with teammates, she will type through chat on a second monitor. “Sometimes having to physically move my hands over, somebody will shoot me. So I’ll try and rush my hands back over to play. It can be a little challenging,” she said.
Having a career online can come with the perils of online harassment from people emboldened by anonymity. While Wheeler’s fans are supportive, she still receives insensitive comments on social media.
“I just ignore it. I move on. I talk positively to people and I know who’s out there for me. And I’m out there for people too,” Wheeler said.
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