Gaming platform Challengermode and not-for-profit Female Legends are launching the Women Esports League (WEL) in 2019.
Female Legends and Challengermode are partnering up to bring the WEL to the European audience. According to the press release, the WEL will feature two titles in its inaugural season, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
In order to compete in the WEL, the teams must go through two pre-qualifiers that will result in placements in different divisions. The WEL is yet to announce the dates for the pre-qualifiers.
Johan Bengtsson, Head of Sales and Partnerships at Challengermode said: “Challengerermode’s main focus is to make esports available to everyone. Creating the conditions for young women to play, socialize and compete in a hate-free and equal environment is a natural step for us.”
The Europe-based league will open new opportunities for female players in the continent. Female Legends is committed to working for a more inclusive industry.
Olivia Mattsson from Female Legends said: “We are constantly working to make esports more inclusive and equal. Just as with our esports community, we have the same goal for this league that we in the future see no need for it to exist. We want everyone to be able to compete together on equal terms, without harassment and hate.”
The WEL inaugural season will see the teams compete for a €5,000 (£4,400) prize pool. The league is set to start in early 2019, with more details to be announced soon.
Esports Insider says: There continues to be issues around diversity and inclusion in esports and sadly it’s not something that will change overnight – it takes time and hard work. The WEL is sure to provide a solid new platform for female talent that are looking to make a name for themselves in esports.