In November 2019 the British Esports Association launched the Women in Esports initiative set up to promote inclusivity and diversity in the esports industry.
Since its launch, Women in Esports has focused on helping to increase female participation within the industry, starting with its very own FACEIT organiser page.
Through further progressions, Women in Esports has announced a partnership with UK esports organisation Rix.GG to host a women’s Valorant tournament: The Huntress Trials.
This will take place on the weekend of January 30th and 31st from 12pm to 10pm each day, with the main broadcast being hosted on the British Esports Twitch channel.
The purpose of this partnered tournament is to promote inclusivity and diversity within the esports industry. The Huntress Trials is an open tournament created specifically for openly femme identifying or non-binary individuals, including but not limited to biological female, transgender women, openly femme-identifying, femme-presenting, or femme adjacent non-binary people.
Efforts have been made to include femme identifying or non-binary individuals within every stage of the event behind the scenes and in the public eye.
The competition will feature up to 16 teams in total from across the UK and the EU in a 5v5 double-elimination format, meaning if you lose two BO1 matches, you are knocked out.
Winners advance to the next round until the grand final, where the two finalist teams will battle in a BO3 series for a chance to take home first prize. View the full schedule for the event here.
The Rix.GG sponsored prize pool is £2,000 total. The breakdown is as follows::
- First place: £1,000
- Second place: £750
- Third place: £250
Broadcast talent is to be confirmed.
Morgan Ashurst, Marketing Manager at British Esports, commented: “Since launching the Women in Esports initiative in November 2019, it has been one of our main aims to play a part in increasing female participation in esports. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Rix.GG to host The Huntress Trials, to not only provide opportunities to females within the industry but to showcase talent!”
Jorden Dakin-White, Head of PR and Content at Rix.GG, added: “We are deeply committed to growing the grassroots esports scene here in the UK, which is why we are so excited to announce this tournament partnership with Women in Esports! We hope this event is the first stepping stone to make esports more diverse, inclusive, and female-friendly in the UK and EU.”
Teams interested in taking part can register via a Google Form here.
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About Women in Esports
Women in Esports is an initiative set up by the British Esports Association in November 2019 to promote inclusivity and diversity within the esports industry.
With a focus in increasing female participation, Women in Esports has looked to host a variety of events on different games, its FACEIT organiser page and much more to come.
You can find out more about the initiative on the British Esports website here: https://britishesports.org/women-in-esports-campaign/
Rix.GG empowers esports athletes to reach their full potential through unique opportunities, support, and competitive training.
Founded by Jamie Lewis and a team of investors in 2020, the esports organisation launched by signing one of the UK’s best Valorant teams featuring homegrown talent from CS:GO.
Rix.GG aims to grow grassroots esports in the UK by developing homegrown talent, signing several rosters in other titles, holding tournaments and other events.
Learn more at https://www.rix.gg
Head of PR and Content, Rix.GG
Marketing Manager, British Esports Association