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How UK esports organisations recognised International Women’s Day 2022: LDN UTD announce women’s LoL roster, Beckham chats with female Guild content creators, Excel Esports women share their stories & more

Today is International Women’s Day, and the UK esports industry has been celebrating the occasion with a host of announcements, discussions and content. Here’s a roundup of what we’ve seen from some of the more well-known organsations. First up, David Beckham got involved, sitting down with Guild Esports content creators Niki and Harrie, to discuss their own journey to becoming a success in the industry and how they are helping to empower younger girls to follow a similar route. Continue reading How UK esports organisations recognised International Women’s Day 2022: LDN UTD announce women’s LoL roster, Beckham chats with female Guild content creators,…

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Three quarters of women disguise their gender to avoid sexual harassment when gaming online, while 25% stop playing due to abuse

Three quarters (76%) of female gamers have disguised their gender while gaming, according to new research published on International Women’s Day 2022 today. FandomSpot.com, a platform for fandoms and online communities, surveyed 2,000 female gamers across the world to discover common behaviours of women whilst gaming. This followed the release of US statistics which found that women accounted for 45% of gamers in the US in 2021. Of those who have admitted to disguising their gender, it was revealed that 93% of women did so due to experiencing sexual harassment online. Continue reading Three quarters of women disguise their gender to…

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Gfinity Arena to host Shesports Cup women’s FIFA tournament on International Women’s Day

Women’s FIFA tournament series, the ShEsports Cup, has announced the fourth event in its series will take place on International Women’s Day tomorrow (March 8th 2022). The ShEsports Cup International Women’s Day Invitational will be presented by PlayStation Tournaments and take place from 6pm at the Gfinity Arena in London’s Fulham Broadway. ShEsports Cup co-founder Rachel Stringer will be joined by professional gamers from across the globe, including FUTHeda, Lisa Manley and Sankhs. Continue reading Gfinity Arena to host Shesports Cup women’s FIFA tournament on International Women’s Day

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Morgan Ashurst wins Esports Impact award at 2022 MCV/Develop Women in Games Awards

British marketing specialist Morgan Ashurst has been awarded the Esports Impact award at the 2022 MCV/Develop Women in Games Awards this evening. Morgan, who most recently worked as head of marketing at the British Esports Association, where she has worked for three years, is about to start a new role to be announced soon. She also has a raft of prior experience in esports having worked at Riot Gaming and Fierce PC, and competed in Call of Duty as a pro gamer. Continue reading Morgan Ashurst wins Esports Impact award at 2022 MCV/Develop Women in Games Awards

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How Valorant women’s tournaments are making esports more inclusive

Promoted article (contains affiliate links, you must be aged 18 or over to gamble) The video games industry has largely been dominated by males over the decades, although in recent years there’s been a shift as females are getting their own tournaments and initiatives within the sector. Esports is open to all, and there are plenty of men and women working in the games industry today, though there is a lack of women esports players on the global stage – and it could be more evenly split overall. Continue reading How Valorant women’s tournaments are making esports more inclusive

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The Goose House announce £2,000 Birds of Prey: Episode Three Valorant tournament for women and marginalised genders

UK esports organisation The Goose House have announced Birds of Prey: Episode Three, their latest Valorant tournament for women and marginalised gender players in Europe. The event will take place on Tuesday March 15th and Wednesday March 16th 2022 from 5pm GMT and is open to teams from Europe and the UK. 32 teams will compete in a best-of-three series for the £2,000 prize pool provided by Red Bull. Commentary for the event will be provided by Vicki ‘Gottmoxi’ Johnson and Samantha ‘NaoriMizuki’ Timms live on The Goose House’s Twitch channel.  Continue reading The Goose House announce £2,000 Birds of Prey: Episode…

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Caster switches to player following closure of third-party leagues: Interview with Pendragon Esports on their all-UK NLC Division 3 LoL roster

With no third-party League of Legends tournaments left to cast in the UK, Ireland and Nordics, one caster has become a player instead. UK colour caster Marcus ‘Rhael’ Sampson has joined Pendragon Esports in Division 3 of the NLC (the European Regional League, or ERL, for the region), as a top-laner in their all-UK roster. He will play for them in the upcoming season. The news comes following controversy around the closure of Leagues.gg’s League of Legends tournament, which said it had been halted by Riot Games and NLC tournament organiser Freaks 4U. Continue reading Caster switches to player following…

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UK orgs Guild and Tenstar finish in top three at Valorant Game Changers EMEA Series 1, as G2 Gozen cheekily celebrate first place by carrying rubbish bags with the Guild logo on them

UK esports organisations Guild Esports and Tenstar put in a solid showing in the Valorant Game Changers EMEA Series 1 women’s tournament finals on the weekend. GuildX, Guild’s women’s Valorant initiative first announced last September, reached the grand final, where they fell to G2 Gozen 3-1. The first map on Icebox was close, with G2 winning 16-14, before Guild took the second map (Split) 13-4. G2 turned up the heat in the next two games, however, winning 13-7 and 13-4 on Ascent and Bind respectively. Continue reading UK orgs Guild and Tenstar finish in top three at Valorant Game Changers…

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Dota Valkyries COO & GB women’s silver medal winner Ruby: “We don’t have a unified UK Dota 2 scene – that’s what I’m trying to build” (Interview by Reinessa & powered by MSI)

Ruby ‘valkyrjaRuby’ Dawn is fully entrenched in the heart of UK Dota 2: she’s COO of the Dota Valkyries which supports women in esports, and recently won a silver medal for Great Britain in the Global Esports Games 2021 Dota 2 Women’s tournament in Singapore, with a team she co-captained. Ruby is passionate about the community and has some big plans for UK Dota 2. To find out more, content creator Reinessa hosts this interview powered by MSI, which you can watch in full above and read highlights from below. Continue reading Dota Valkyries COO & GB women’s silver medal winner…

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New ECL women’s FIFA esports events announced for EU and NA players

A new women’s FIFA esports competitive calendar has been announced for 2022, which will feature some of the best female players and aspiring esports athletes from Europe and North America. Organisers say that the as the current FIFA FGS (FIFA Global Series) competitive events have a distinct lack of female participants, ECL (Esports Championship Leagues) hopes to ‘even the playing ground, be a driving force in supporting female players and help close the skill gap to their male counterparts’. Continue reading New ECL women’s FIFA esports events announced for EU and NA players

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UK top-laner Rifty joins Valiance in the Esports Balkan League along with female ADC player Caltys and others

Experienced UK League of Legends top-laner Ashley ‘Rifty’ Mayes will be playing in the Esports Balkan League with Valiance for the Spring 2022 Season. The Esports Balkan League is one of the League of Legends (LoL) European Regional Leagues (ERLs), with others including the French LFL, Spanish Superliga and more. Rifty’s teammates include Bulgarian jungler Indecision and mid-laner Lmzs, Swedish ADC Caltys, Croatian sub ADC Paladin and Finnish support player Tiara. Continue reading UK top-laner Rifty joins Valiance in the Esports Balkan League along with female ADC player Caltys and others

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Esports News UK Rewind: 12 Big Interviews of 2021

2021 was a big year for Esports News UK, with editor Dom Sacco taking the site full-time and, with the help of Megalodontus, more interviews were published on the site than ever before. Here are some of our memorable interviews from last year, in no particular order. Interview with Valorant broadcast talent Yinsu Collins and MitchMan ahead of the VCT Stage 2 Masters (May 2021) Valorant came to the fore in 2021 – and a host of talent along with it. Continue reading Esports News UK Rewind: 12 Big Interviews of 2021

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We’ve had women’s esports tournaments for years – so why has the debate around ESL’s new CSGO Women’s Circuit been so heated? Opinion and community reaction to comments from Semmler and Thorin

About a week ago, ESL announced a new CSGO Women’s Circuit complete with a $500,000 prize pool, as well as a #GGForAll program aiming to “establish an inclusive gaming community free of discrimination, verbal abuse an bullying”. Now the dust is starting to settle, Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco shares his thoughts on the community reaction to some controversial tweets from CSGO personalities Semmler and Thorin, which sparked a debate on esports diversity and the effectiveness of women’s tournaments. Continue reading We’ve had women’s esports tournaments for years – so why has the debate around ESL’s new CSGO Women’s…

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Team Pacheco win ShEsports Cup Christmas Special women’s FIFA tournament at London’s Gfinity Arena

Article contains affiliate link The ShEsports Cup has celebrated its inaugural Christmas Special tournament, the third event in the series, bringing women from across sports and entertainment for a FIFA event. Taking place at the Gfinity arena inside VUE Cinema at Fulham Broadway in London, event co-founder Rachel Stringer was joined by England striker and Lionesses fastest ever hat-trick scorer Alessia Russo, alongside a host of professional footballers, gamers and influencers. Continue reading Team Pacheco win ShEsports Cup Christmas Special women’s FIFA tournament at London’s Gfinity Arena

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UK esports winners named at the*gameHERs awards 2021

The full list of the*gameHERs award winners have been revealed – and a range of UK esports talent are amongst them. The*gameHERs is an online platform that aims to support and empower women gamers, and the 2021 ceremony was its second annual awards event to honour and celebrate women in the gaming industry.  UK winners included Shoubna Naika-Taylor, aka Queenbeesenpai, curriculum lead of creative and digital at Coventry College, who won Top Educator in the Rising Star category, and Staffordshire University esports student Ellis Celia (aka Ellibear) won Rising Star – Best Intern. Continue reading UK esports winners named at the*gameHERs…