The PMS Clan blazed a trail for women in competitive gaming

In the early days of PC gaming, the Crackwhores and Girlz of Destruction—tight-knit all-girl Quake clansbroke ground for women. In the late ’90s/early 2000s, gaming culture might as well have been a different universe. But it was the Psychotic Man Slayers, aka PMS Clan, who helped to usher women into competitive gaming en masse, and it all started with two sisters on Xbox Live: twins Amy Brady (Athena/Valkyrie) and Amber Dalton (Athena Twin).

“When we first founded PMS, Amy and I met two other girls online and it was cool as hell, we couldn’t believe it, like, ‘Oh my god, let’s go play some games,’ and we did and we were killing all the guys,” says Dalton. “That’s how we started, off of that pure just awesomeness of finding women.” PMS eventually changed their name to Pandora’s Mighty Soldiers when they started to attract sponsors. Brady and Dalton had also learned of a disbanded all-girls Quake clan with a similar name: Psycho Men Slayers, some of whom came over to join the new PMS Clan. Today, it’s one of the oldest competitive gaming organizations in the world, with members on every gaming platform.

(Image credit: PMS Clan)

“When we created that [PMS] tag, it was because everyone used [three-letter] acronyms. As women in that time, you were like ‘Oh, they’re gonna know they’re getting killed by a woman,’ right?” says Brady. “We knew we were instantly identified as female. We loved that.”

There’s a lot of women gamers. They’ve been there the whole time. We’ve seen them from the very beginning

Amy Brady

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