Yesterday we reported about the oddity of a Hearthstone
tournament that didn't allow women to compete
. The reason? The International e-Sports Federation wanted gaming to be recognized as a "true sport," and was following the professional sports model of gender division. With fewer women competitors than men, this led to tournaments with a large selection of gaming events for men, but few for women -- in the case of this tournament, Hearthstone
, Dota 2
, and Ultra Street Fighter IV
were all men-only events.
While e-Sports are often gender-divided (competitive StarCraft
is notable in this regard), the idea of a men-only Hearthstone
tournament was apparently the straw that broke the camel's back. Among many others, Blizzard spoke out against IeSF policy, telling VentureBeat
, "One of our goals with e-sports is to ensure that there's a vibrant and also inclusive community around our games. We do not allow the use of our games in tournaments that do not support this, and are working with our partners to ensure they share the same goal."
The end result is that the IeSF has reversed the policy
, and offers events open to all genders as well as women-only events to encourage the participation of women in the male-dominated field of pro gaming. It's a setup that's similar to the competitive chess scene, which has both a World Chess Championship in which anyone can compete and a Women's World Chess Championship. Now, at the 6th e-Sports World Championship BAKU 2014, men and women will be able to compete together in StarCraft 2
tournaments, while there's also a women's only StarCraft 2
tournament. Time to get your game on!
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