Minnesota Lynx forward/guard and renowned video gamer Ariel Powers is featured in Episode 3 of GG Legends, an ESL FACEIT group and Gucci documentary collaboration. The episode moves through Powers’ childhood against people on the courts in Detroit to her time at Michigan State and through interviews with her father and her Spartan coach Suzy Merchant.
Powers was very passionate about joining GG Legends. in a recent call with swish appealShe added that no member of her family has been a professional athlete before, so all the attention during her career is new to her. For him to reach this point where a documentary is coming to his hometown meant a lot.
This episode tells the story of when Powers first started playing on the court against the boys. On her first visit to the park with her father, there were a lot of boys waiting to come on the court and she was not able to speak out loud for her turn to come. She returned the very next day, and, in the confident fashion of the Ariel Powers WNBA fans have come to know and love, shouted “Who’s got next? … my next!”
Powers’ father said that was the moment he knew he didn’t have to worry about her anymore.
Powers said she was very nervous in the moment she screamed, which is hard to imagine for those who know her now. She notes that when you’re put in uncomfortable situations, you’re forced to grow more confident.
Also in the episode, Merchant talks about Powers starting as a freshman and how rare it is, saying that he is “in awe of her and very proud of her.”
Merchant recently stepped down as head coach at Michigan State due to health concerns, but for Powers, she is Michigan State women’s basketball.
While Powers has inspired the public with her basketball career, which has included a WNBA championship with the Washington Mystics, she has been equally influential in the gaming world, calling the NBA2K tournament. espn and joining professional gaming organization Team Liquid as a brand and diversity ambassador, among other achievements in the field of gaming. Its goal has always been to increase the inclusivity of gaming and it has successfully done so.
“I think I’ve made gaming more inclusive in some ways,” Powers said. “For me, I’ve always believed that if you can see it, you can be it. And, here I am!
“But, I can also share some specific examples. I started my Powerz Up tournament to provide a safe space for women to come and play 2K and boost their confidence to enter the draft.
“I have been a part of the 1,000 Dreams Fund with BroadcastHer in collaboration with HyperX. At one point, I was able to connect with the winners, answer their questions. Recently, one of the girls I talked with said that she was about to leave the moment we connected. She said my words helped keep her in the game. And, now, she’s holding tournaments in space.”
Powers was also “heavily involved” in the selection and onboarding of Team Liquid’s all-women Valorant team, which she says continues to compete at a high level.
Following her childhood and going to college, the episode talks about the isolation caused by playing overseas and how Powers used video games to get away as she played online against her family. She says that her mother playing video games partly inspired her to start; She is out to show young girls that a lot of women are already gambling.
Powers began her WNBA career in Dallas before playing for the Mystics. She signed with the Lynx during 2021 free agency and barely edged veteran Sylvia Fouls as the team’s leading scorer in 2022. Powers says she is enjoying being back in the Midwest, as her parents still live in Michigan and have been coming more often to watch her play. She knows it will be difficult to replace Fowles, who retires after 2022, but she is excited to have another star back from maternity leave in Nafisa Collier.