How Japanese Dota 2 streamer xiinya gained popularity in SEA

One of the most up-and-coming Dota 2 streamers right now comes from somewhere you wouldn’t expect a Dota 2 player to come from.

Japanese streamer “xiinya” didn’t start streaming until 2021, but quickly gained popularity when she started streaming Dota 2 and has since become one of the game’s rising personalities.

You wouldn’t expect a big Dota 2 streamer to come from Japan, where the game’s community is very small.

But in the case of Xiinyi, she quickly rose to fame after being embraced by the community in nearby Southeast Asia.

In an interview with Southeast Asia Yahooxiinya said that English streaming has helped her a lot to reach the huge Southeast Asian Dota 2 community in countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.

“In Japan, the Dota 2 community is too small. It’s like a village, not many people watch other broadcasts. But because I streamed in English, I think that’s one of the main reasons I’m in the Southeast Asian community,” said Xiinya.

“Most of my viewers were from the Philippines and Indonesia. But after I went to [ESL One Malaysia 2022]a lot of Malaysian viewers showed up because I learned a lot of Malaysian words.”

Like other Dota 2 streamers, xiinya broadcasts her matches to her viewers, even if she is not as talented at the game as they are.

But what it brings to the table is relatively light-hearted content like travel and karaoke streams. By now you should have seen her song about the infamous SEA Dota 2 server.

Dota 2 streamer xiinya has become one of the most popular streamers in the game despite coming from a small Japanese Dota 2 community, largely due to her taking on the nearby Southeast Asian Dota 2 community.  (Image credit: Yahoo Esports SEA)

Dota 2 streamer xiinya has become one of the most popular streamers in the game despite coming from a small Japanese Dota 2 community, largely due to her taking on the nearby Southeast Asian Dota 2 community. (Image credit: Yahoo Esports SEA)

Xiinyi’s popularity has earned her over 28,000 followers on her Twitch channel, over 17,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, and even a spot in the streamer section of the Swedish esports organization Alliance.

It all started when one of her friends introduced her to Dota 2, which made her learn more about the game community and the esports scene.

“The person who told me about Dota is from Indonesia, I learned from them about the Dota 2 community in Southeast Asia. [I learned in Southeast Asia] There are many good players, I watched [Dota Pro Circuit]and then I fell in love with Dota even more,” said xiinya.

Xiinya said her favorite thing about the game is watching her “enemies die”, especially when she plays her favorite champion, Jakiro.

“[My favourite hero is] Yakiro. After level 25, I can use stun, Ice Path multiple times. I just stun, press all my abilities and then the enemy dies. I love watching my enemies die,” said xiinya.

Xiinyi’s time on the Southeast Asia server also took a toll on her as she began to accept the patented “toxicity” of the region.

“At first I was shocked because they called me ‘idiot’ or something. But after five or six games I was used to it. Whenever they called me an idiot, I always called them idiots afterwards,” said xiinya.

Still, xiinya saw the good side of Southeast Asia’s so-called “toxic” Dota 2 community, recalling how her viewers banded together to help her through a difficult time.

“The last time I went to Malaysia, I lost my wallet and got COVID. I was in a really sad situation at that time. But many of my viewers in Malaysia and abroad helped me a lot, so I was really touched and warmed my heart,” said xiinya.

“I really love them, I really want to thank them for supporting me. Even though I’ve become toxic, they still support me, so I’m really grateful for that.”

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