When it comes to the professional gaming circuit, eSports is very much male-dominated. But with half of all gamers today now female, there is a growing number of female gamers who can kick virtual ass in shooters like Battlefield 3, Halo: Reach and Gears of War 3.

Kelly “Mrs. Violence” Kelley is one such pro and she has $25,000 in cash to prove it (her teammate also took home $25,000). Last year, Kelley’s team won Bunim/Murray Productions’ “The Controller: Battlefield 3” online Web series, which blended gaming skills with real-life desert tactics. The pro gamer talks about what motivates her to frag in this exclusive interview.

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