The South African esports community erupted in celebration as freelance shoutcaster Sam Wright, affectionately known as “Tech Girl,” emerged victorious at the prestigious 2023 Forty Under 40 Awards South Africa. Held on September 9, 2023, this event brought together the nation’s brightest talents under the age of 40 to honour their outstanding contributions in various fields. Sam Wright, renowned for her exceptional work in esports commentary, clinched the gold in the Sports category.
Competing against formidable opponents, including Daniel Quinta from Accelerate Sport and Fidaah Edries from Fighterz Inc. MMA & Wellness Academy, Sam’s triumph was a testament to her dedication and expertise in the world of esports. Her victory was met with resounding applause from the gaming community, which she has tirelessly served for years.
Sam “Tech Girl” Wright’s journey in esports has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the years, she has carved out a niche for herself, working across continents, including Europe, China, and her home continent of Africa, as both a host and shoutcaster. Her journey to prominence began in 2016, and since then, she has become a prominent voice in competitive gaming.
Her resume boasts collaborations with industry giants such as Blizzard, Nintendo, PUBG, and Red Bull, where she serves as a gaming contributor for Red Bull SA. Sam’s dedication to esports commentary and her ability to captivate audiences with her expertise have solidified her as a force to be reckoned with in the gaming world.
After receiving her award, Sam shared her thoughts, saying, “A little bit of esports love in South Africa last night. I was nominated in the sports category for both the DStv Content Creator Awards SA and Forty Under 40 Awards South Africa for my work in esports commentary. The incredible Lemii Loco took it home for the Content Creator Awards, and I won at the Forty Under 40 Awards!” She went on to express her hope that her recognition would shine a spotlight on the vibrant and thriving local gaming scene.
Sam’s achievements in 2023 did not stop at the Forty Under 40 Awards South Africa. She was also nominated for the Sports Fan Award at the 2023 DStv Content Creator Awards SA, a testament to her ability to connect with and inspire gaming enthusiasts. Although she didn’t secure the top spot in that category, the honour of being nominated alongside such illustrious peers was undoubtedly a recognition of her influence and impact.
In the Sports Fan Award category, Sam faced tough competition but ultimately lost to TV and Radio Personality Lemii Loco. Nevertheless, her unwavering commitment to esports commentary and the gaming community continues to inspire many.
As Sam “Tech Girl” Wright basks in the glow of her recent success, her journey in esports commentary promises to be as bright as ever. With her exceptional talent, boundless enthusiasm, and commitment to promoting the local gaming scene, Sam’s presence in the esports world remains a beacon for aspiring shoutcasters and gamers across South Africa.
As the gaming industry continues to grow, Sam Wright’s contributions are set to play an integral role in shaping its future. Her recent triumph at the 2023 Forty Under 40 Awards South Africa serves as a reminder that the world of esports has a true champion in “Tech Girl.”