Dr Janine Brandt, also known as “Nehneh” in the gaming sphere, is a qualified medical doctor. She graduated with her medical degree in 2018 from the University of Cape Town. Currently, she is working as a junior doctor in a South African public hospital. She has a keen interest in paediatrics, specifically neonatology and research, specifically around health and gaming.
Janine has many years of experience in gaming, both casual and competitive. Having started at a young age with the first Nintendo Entertainment System, she solidified her passion for electronic play. She then progressed through to console gaming and settled finally with PC gaming. A varied and wide-reaching genre of games interest her; MOBA’s, MMO’s, RPG’s, FPS’s, strategy based games and more. She has enjoyed playing popular titles such as League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, PUBG, Rainbow 6 Siege, Tomb Raider, Borderlands and more.
She has not limited herself to a single play-style, and is committed to life long-learning of video games. Having started out at as a casual gamer, decided to enter into the vast world of competitive esports and taken part in local tournaments. Here she saw a number of fascinating issues that are niche to the esport athlete. She focused on a competitive esports career in the popular title “League of Legends”, which she retired from in early 2019.
She is very passionate about the gender equality in the gaming industry and making more opportunities available for females, and thus, has sat on gaming committees as a representative of the interests of women. Through this, she has discovered the opportunity to promote health and healthy gaming to those around her. Having had first hand experience with some of the bad health practices in esports gamers, Janine had shifted her focus now to conducting research and promoting health in esports competitors as well as grassroots gamers. She consults and presents research on the latest trends in gaming and esports and how to improve both the physical and mental health of gamers.