As a young girl, Lyka Mea saw her older sister playing The Sims. Little did the future Lenovo Legion ambassador know that this moment would change her life.
“My older sister was the one who introduced me to gaming. I saw her playing The Sims back in the day and I just had to try it out for myself. We eventually started playing Ragnarok Online, and to this day, it continues to be one of my guilty pleasure games,” Mea told Digital Life Asia.
Coping and connecting
According to her, gaming completely changed her life. She even noticed that her “wants” started to lessen.
“Everything became simpler for me. It felt like as long as I had gaming, I could be content with my life. I know it sounds so deep, but it is what it is. On the plus side, gaming has opened new career paths for me as well, especially in the realm of esports. I love being in this industry and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.
Like Legion brand ambassador Megan Young, Mea said gaming has helped her cope with the COVID-19 crisis.
“Of course, a lot of us have been affected by this pandemic emotionally and mentally, so if there is an outlet for you, I suggest you hold on to that. For me, gaming has been everything throughout this crisis. I’m thankful every day that I get to game and be with my friends even in just a virtual manner,” Mea said.
What does Mea love most about being a Legion ambassador?
“The best thing is that I get to work with a brand that has the same values as I do. ‘Stylish yet savage’ *ehem*.
“Legion has also pushed me to become even more creative with the things I post. It’s an amazing feeling to have someone back you up and believe in your work. Likewise, I also believe in the brand. Legion has achieved so much since its launch three years ago, and I commend them so much for it.”
What gamers want
Mea also said that being a Legion ambassador has helped her expand her horizons.
“Working with Lenovo also allows me to do new opportunities aside from the usual streaming. In one project, I was given the honor of hosting their weekly podcast show ‘Wednesdays with Legion’ which I really enjoyed since I was able to showcase my background in hosting events.
“The episode that I did centered on my experiences with the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming laptop and it was far from difficult. Everything was natural and free-flowing because Lenovo allowed me to just simply talk about a product that I absolutely enjoy using, and the most satisfying part of that was involving the community in the discussion. It wasn’t exclusive in any way,” she said.
Legion and The Empire
“Another perk of course is that Lenovo lends me some gear to enjoy gaming! I’m very fortunate to have the ultimate Legion Gaming Package. I’ve got the Legion x Player One Ghost gaming chair which has a wide seat and super comfy cushion, and my desk is also stylishly savage thanks to the combination of my Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and my Legion M500 RGB Gaming Mouse. With those devices, I’ve gotten so much better at first-person shooters (FPS) in the span of a week! And, the icing on top of the cake is the Legion Y27q20 27-inch WLED Gaming Monitor. After all, frames win games! All of the items in the package go hand in hand with each other to give gamers a better gaming experience, so overall I give it a 10/10,” she said.
Incidentally, Lenovo Legion is inviting gamers to its exclusive gaming community and rewards program: The Empire. Solely for owners of Legion devices, The Empire will grant members premiere access to Legion merchandise, VIP entry to future Legion gaming events or tournaments, and first dibs on the latest news about the brand. Only those 16 years old and above can create an account. They then have to upgrade their Legion account and provide additional information, including their Legion device model and serial number as proof of purchase.
Lyka likes CS
Speaking of FPS, Counter-Strike happens to be Mea’s favorite game of all time.
“Counter-Strike is definitely one of the best games ever. Counter-Strike: Source got me into FPS and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) made me invest in better gaming gear. I still have so much to improve on in this game, but one thing is for sure: if I can master CS:GO, I can conquer any FPS game out there,” she said.
Why did Mea become a game streamer?
“I started streaming on my 22nd birthday because my friends told me to try it out. No regrets there! I remember it very clearly. I was a fresh grad with a laptop I used throughout architecture school. It was the Lenovo Ideapad y510p, to be exact. I just wanted to game and stream. Building a community and finding new friends who share the same passion for games has been the most rewarding thing about streaming. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.
Memorable gaming experiences
Having played for most of her life, Mea has a lot of happy memories involving games.
Here are her Top 3 memorable gaming experiences.
- “Playing PUBG for the very first time at 144Hz! It was literally a game changer! I garnered more kills after I invested in a bigger and better monitor.”
- “I have had so many funny moments in Dota 2, but what makes this a memorable gaming experience for me was the fact that it was my streaming community that taught me how to play this game.”
- “This isn’t exactly a gaming moment, but I was live streaming Terraria on my laptop at the time when the results of the Architect Licensure Examination just came out. I was out of words and out of breath as I found out on stream that I had passed and became a registered and licensed architect. It was a risk to stream the results knowing that I could have failed, but looking at it now, I am very happy to have documented my raw reaction to the results!”
How about you? How has gaming changed your life?