Samantha "Persia" Hancock - EVO 2019 - Mandalay Bay Convention Center - August 2, 2019 - Photo: Christine Solis / Checkpoint XP

Samantha “Persia” Hancock is a veteran of the fighting gaming community (FGC), playing for 10 years. She is a commentator and has also founded the XO Academy.

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Samantha “Persia” Hancock

Persia joined the FGC in 2009 from the first person shooter (FPS) scene. She won her first Halo 2 tournament back in 2004, where she was originally known as Super Sam. Now in the FGC, Persia was introduced, a name that was given to her by one of the FGC teams. Persia gives her take if there should be all women tournaments included in esports events. Persia says, “This year, we’ve been seeing girls take out some top players, and all of that comes with them being just like everybody else.” She also gives a shout out to Combo Queens and Smash Sisters. Persia gives her own sound and inspirational advice to our Not Your Player 2 listeners that almost made me cry!

I’ve been gaming all my life with my parents and my older brother. That’s where my competitive drive comes from, constantly trying to beat my older brother.

– Samantha “Persia” Hancock

Persia is also a commentator. For EVO 2019, she rocked the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Top 4 Stage with Ninjanam.

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XO Academy

The XO Academy has opened their doors since January 2019. Even though it is still in its infancy stage, the XO Academy has already helped out six players and currently has over 75 applicants! The XO Academy is a 4 week training program for dedicated FGC players. Players dedicate up to 20 hours per week to training and special sessions. XO Academy works with flexible schedules and find coaches who best fit you. Not only they help train you to be the best in your game, they help with your brand, getting you to tournaments, and even follow and support you after you’ve graduated from XO Academy. The best way to support XO Academy is through their Patreon at If you are interested in applying, you can apply here:

Check out these amazing women from the XO Academy, Phanton Miria and Mahreen!

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Need a podcast about esports and video gaming from a female perspective? Check out Not Your Player 2, hosted by Christine and Sarah!

Persia’s interview was featured on Not Your Player 2 – Episode 24 – The Blame & EVO 2019!

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