Posted 13th April 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Electronic Sports League (ESL) announces the opening of Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Sydney 2018 with the inclusion of the best CS:GO women players from Australia and New Zealand. The tournament is called ESL Women’s Sydney Open and will be held at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney’s Olympic Park.
This move made by ESL just shows the industry’s commitment to developing more opportunities for women in esports. Nick Vanzetti, the Managing Director of ESL Australia, said: “The ESL Women’s Sydney Open is a fantastic opportunity for our local players to showcase their skills in front of the most passionate audience in esports at the Community Stage at IEM Sydney. For ESL Australia, this announcement marks the beginning of a commitment for our team to develop more opportunities for women in esports”.
The event will be hosted at the Community Stage of IEM Sydney, and top participating women players will play live and compete for the prize pool of $10,000. The entire pool will be distributed into 4: $6,000 AU, $2,000 AUD, $1,000 AUD, and $1,000 AUD. For now, players who wish to perform can register on ESL’s website by providing their e-mail address, team name, team logo, and date/s of competition (April 18 and 19 at 7 pm). Only Australian and New Zealand residents age 15 or higher and considered as a female in their government-issued identification proof can participate.
Contrary to popular belief, the number of interested female players in esports is close to the actual population of male gamers globally. In fact, The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) found a 22 percent increase in the number of female game developers between 2009 and 2014, doubling the amount from the previous years. Additionally, a recent study also found that women comprise about a third of the United States esports audience and are predicted to represent half of the viewers’ growth by 2018. This is to say that the idea of women not participating in competitive gaming is a common misconception since they represent the minority in international esports scenes. It is only a matter of proper representation and opportunity. Nevertheless, ESL Women’s Sydney Open is a groundbreaking turn of events. Women can now express and impress a wider esports audience should they wish to compete in the global arena.
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