Yes, the tournaments of video games are in theory mixed, in fact women represent only 6% of professional gamers according to the association Women in Games. Barriers include sexism and cyberbullying ambient. To change this situation, many esports players therefore point to the need to create tournaments reserved for women. An all-female French league of League of Legends, the most popular esports game, will see the light of day in 2023, publisher Riot Games announced on Monday.
“We are in discussion for the creation of this competition”, declared Julie Jeanniot, team leader at Riot Games France, during a press conference in Levallois-Perret. “We have this desire to give women the opportunity to have dedicated competitions in which they can develop,” she added. The fact that women “have access to these women’s competitions, it allows them to be more confident to level up and then access competitions mixed “.
Details to come mid-February
The contours of the league, which are still under discussion, should be specified by mid-February. “The will is announced and we will get there this year. We can’t tell you yet when or how, but there will be an official women’s competition. This is good news, ”said Bertrand Amar, head of esports at Webedia, the company which produces the French League of Legends championship.