WNBA champion Aerial Powers of the Washington Mystics has leaped to the forefront of the gaming scene and she isn't going anywhere.
On Jan. 13, it was announced that Powers has joined the legacy esports organization Team Liquid in a unique role: streamer and brand and diversity ambassador.
She will be using her Powerzsurge channel to help stream content and promote events and marketing partners.
Lastly, Powers will be the chair of the Team Liquid Diversity & Inclusion Task Force as she promotes inclusion in gaming — helping female gamers like herself continue to be a force in the gaming world.
“Early last year, I had the privilege of playing in Team Liquid’s Valorant Pro-Am, which was an exciting introduction to the organization,” Powers said. “Our relationship has continued to grow since then, a result of shared values and ambitions. I’m beyond eager to take this next step and collaborate with the organization to impact the culture.”
- Member of the Global Esports Federation’s Athletes and Players Commission
- Hosted an all-women NBA 2K tournament called “Powerz Up”
- Has helped broadcast NBA2K league games on ESPN2
- Signed with the ESports and Gaming division of Ford Models Inc.
Huge congrats to @aerial_powers23 for winning Best Athlete Streamer! pic.twitter.com/pQOtZpiIou— SLAM Gaming (@SLAMftw) December 31, 2020
On the screen and on the court
Powers currently plays NBA 2K, Apex Legends, Valorant, Call of Duty and NASCAR Racing. Her favorite game as a kid was GoldenEye.
“Since the Nintendo 64 days, I’ve been a gamer,” Powers told Swish Appeal last year. “I had that system, I had SEGA Genesis, I had PSP (PlayStation Portable). I had so many systems I can’t even remember them all. I’ve been a gamer for that long though. It’s always just connected me to my family. So it’s been something that I’ve kept in my life and I’m in love with it.”
Powers has spent two-and-a-half seasons with both the Dallas Wings and the Washington Mystics, as she split the 2018 season between the two teams. In her first full year in Washington in 2019, she helped lead the Mystics to the WNBA championship. In 2020, she upped her game even more, averaging 16.3 points per contest before an injury ended her season prematurely.