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MCV Pacific 30 Under Thirty: Dhayana Sena

MCV Pacific 30 Under Thirty: Dhayana Sena

MCV Pacific readers will be quite familiar with Attack On Geek founder, Dhayana Sena, appearing in both our 2017 MCV Pacific 30 Under Thirty and our 2018 Women In Games List. Additionally, she has been profiled by our sister site, The Influence, along with Stuff NZ for her streaming work.

Since we profiled her for our 2018 Women In Games, New Zealand’s first female Mixer Partner has continued to impress. She has grown Attack of Geek from a personal blog to an internationally recognised Kiwi pop culture and gaming brand. She has expanded the site into a hub for all gamers and pop culture enthusiasts of all levels, backgrounds and genders across multiple platforms. Between 2017 and 2018 she would double the Attack On Geek community from 20 to 40,000 people.

In the past 12 months, Dhayana co-hosted the NZ Premiere of ‘Geek Girls’, an international documentary showcasing the challenges women face in gaming, continues to act as an Xbox Ambassador and GameMaster – being invited to attend E3 2018 as a guest of Xbox ANZ, has partnered with Plantronics’ RIG Gaming as a RIG Ambassador, and was recently accepted into the EA Game Changers program.

In addition to her work with Attack On Geek, Sena also works with TenForward as an Online Communications Specialist. Her work sees her educating children aged 8-14 to provide them the right tools and skills to be safe online and be good ‘netizens’. She has hosted a number of events with the firm, most notibly, a Streaming 101 class during Tech Week NZ 2018, the first time a video games broadcasting session was included into the Tech Week programme, and a Fortnite for Parents class.

Dhayana has also become known for her work withing the community and charity work. She has continued to work alongside Pixel Party & Mixer ANZ to help create a community of NZ Mixer streamers and highlight Mixer as a viable alternative platform to Kiwis.

She has held charity streams for JDRF, raising funds and awareness for diabetes, teamed up with Australian Mixer streamers to run a charity stream for Beyond Blue Australia – raising awareness for Mental Health  and over $10,000 in three days and continues to work with young girls to feel comfortable and confident playing games online.

Speaking to MCV Pacific about her inclusion, Dhayana said, “After my inclusion in last year’s list, I didn’t think that I’d be fortunate enough to be included again. I’m extremely humbled, honoured and beyond grateful to have my work recognised and be included alongside such incredibly talented individuals, many of whom I have looked up to for years. The 30 Under Thirty list shows that age is just a number and that there’s amazing talent in the Australian and New Zealand games industry. I’m hopeful that this list will inspire the younger generation to pursue alternative career paths and get among the thriving games scene in this region.”

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