Perhaps best known by her esports and online handle, Shadowfax. Mads Brown has blended the worlds of law, policy and governance with esports and content creation.
Following her Bachelor of Laws at UTS and Master’s Degree of Public Policy and Governance at UNSW, Mads previously served as a paralegal at Curwoods Lawyers, before going on to working in a number of government departments as a policy advisor, including, The Department of Premier & Cabinet, the Minstry of Health and the Department of Education.
In late 2015, Mads started out as a content creator of Twitch and YouTube before playing Counter-Strike competitively in 2016.
In the following year, Mads created Supa-Stellar with the assistance of Guinevere Capital. Supa-Stellar aimed to provide opportunities to female players and industry members.
Three months later Mads joined Supanova Comic Con and Gaming as a Sales Associate, overseeing brand partnerships. This includes a a focus on developing the gaming aspect of the con such as securing game publishers activating at the con as well as securing esports competitions, an example of this was the ESL AUNZ Championship grand finals.
In early 2018 Mads joined as On-air talent with Fox Sports Australia for the inaugural season of the FIFA E-League.
Outside of her day-to-day work commitments, Mads has contributed greatly to the industry. She currently sits on the EGAA Panel for Diversity and Inclusion, founded The Drop – an organisation encouraging Australian gamers to donate blood and save lives, has acted as a mentor for Business in Games: Women in Games Mentor Course and currently captains the Supa-Stellar Counter-Strike team.
She has also spoken at a number of events with endemic and non-endemic audiences including; the SVG Australian Summit on The Esports Evolution, the Twitter Blue Room talking Esports, on ABC Breakfast News, at PAX Australia for the panel The Esports Bubble: The Unsustainable Trend, at The Australian Esports Masterclass, at Microsoft: Women in Games series’, and just yesterday at Ashton Media’s Esports Conference.
Speaking to Esports Pro Oceania on her inclusion in this year’s Women In Games List, Mads said, “Finding out I was on this year’s list with so many talented and driven women was an incredibly humbling moment for me. I’m really passionate about everything I do and I love being involved in the gaming and esports communities in so many ways – having my work acknowledged made me feel like I was really making a difference!”
“Lists like these are so important for our industry as it’s a reminder that change is already happening and there are a lot of women already making waves. It’s a great way to celebrate that and help us all connect with each other.”