The Brazilian esports division of PUBG MOBILE has launched Valkirias, a female exclusive tournament in partnership with Projeto Valkirias.
The competition, set to commence today (March 8th) will feature 32 teams and a prize pool of R$48,000 (~£6096).
Projeto Valkirias is an initiative created by Pamela Mosquer to help women achieve competitive experience and expertise through tryouts, workshops and tournaments.
The 32 teams competing have been split up into two groups, with 16 spots being made available for the grand final on March 12th. Prizes will be distributed between the top four teams, with first place winning R$20,000 (~£2540) and second place claiming R$13,000 (~£1651). Third and fourth place will receive R$7,500 (~£952) each.
Pamela Mosquer, founder and mobile lead for Projeto Valkirias, commented: “We have high expectations for the tournament, not only as a successful and organised event, but also because of the learning process we went through with this specific audience.
“We hope to be able to reach, inform and welcome more and more women in many modalities, so yes, our goal is to keep PUBG MOBILE classes within Valkirias.”
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The tournament will feature Karen ‘Khaya; Hayashida, an analyst for the PUBG MOBILE Club Open (PMCO) regional championships, and streamer Paula ‘Poulie’ Monteiro as the tournament’s casters.
Alice Gobbi has been revealed as the host for the grand final, and Brazlian content creators such as Andreza Delgado, Bryanna Nasck, Nicolle ‘Cherrygums’ Merhy, Letícia Marques, Malena and Taynah ‘Tayhuhu’ Yukimi will also be part of the event by watching and commenting on the tournament exclusively through their channels.
“There is a very strong female audience among PUBG MOBILE players and consumers who want to be seen and heard,” added Khaya. “The presence of a female figure in the official championships is something extremely important for bringing a necessary representation of this public and plurality.”
Esports Insider says: Helping grow diversity in esports is a necessary move from developers and the industry. Due to mobile esports’ popularity in Brazil, it only seems natural for PUBG Corp to help cultivate a healthy environment for its female audience.