The British Esports Association has partnered with esports platform FACEIT as part of its ‘Women in Esports’ initiative.
As a result of the collaboration, Women in Esports will gain its own organiser page on the platform, with the initiative creating women-only tournaments in order to encourage females to take part in competitive gaming.
The initiative is also welcoming trans, cis women and femme identifying/femme presenting non-binary players to the competitions, which will initially be focussed on Counter Strike:Global Offensive (CS:GO).
Alice Leaman, Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer at British Esports, stated: “Through Women in Esports we aim to build a community and encourage more women to get involved in the industry. By partnering with FACEIT we can start to develop more regular tournaments and opportunities for all skill levels and the creation of a community Discord will provide a dedicated space for diversity in esports to be celebrated.”
According to Women in Esports, the tournaments are seen as a ‘stepping stone to give women more confidence and experience’, with the hope that it encourages more women to be involved in the esports scene in the long-term.
The partnership will also see the introduction of The Lioness League, Women in Esports’ first 5v5 CS:GO tournament on FACEIT, which will commence on December 12th. Registration for the 32 team competition will open on November 27th with participants competing for FACEIT points.
On the announcement, Sue Lavasani, Account Manager at FACEIT added: “We’re delighted to partner with Women in Esports, a team that shares our passions and values. FACEIT is committed to developing grassroots opportunities and supporting the community. We want everyone to feel comfortable and confident when taking their first steps into esports and we’re hoping this hub will offer a safe space for women to come together and compete.”
Women in Esports will host regular monthly tournaments on the platform after The Lioness League. Moreover, the initiative has also launched its own separate community Discord sever in an attempt to further connect the women esports community.
Esports Insider says: FACEIT joining British Esports’ Women in Esports initiative certainly highlights the importance of providing women with a gateway into esports. The monthly tournaments on the platform, alongside the Discord server, should hopefully help to develop the UK’s female esports ecosystem whilst also offering more competitive opportunities.