ESL has announced that it will be launching a female circuit for the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This falls under their #GGFORALL program that plans to make esports and gaming more equal among the genders. This initiative is to make the competitive scene more “inclusive, respectful, and all-empowering”. ESL CS GO, CSGO women circuit, Female CS GO tournament ESL
For this #GGFORALL program, ESL will be offering $500,000 in prize winnings across all the regional leagues, DreamHack competitions, and ESL Cash Cups to develop a CS:GO competitive scene for women. In this competitive scene, there will be new leagues based on both Europe and America where eight teams will fight for a prize pool of $150,000. The best three teams from both these two regions, along with other teams qualifying from other regions will advance into the Global League Finals at DreamHack, Dallas in June, and DreamHack Winter in November.
Apart from the competitive scene, the tournament organizers also plan to create a Women Players Council. This will give the women players a channel to provide feedback directly to ESL and other organizers. ESL is also planning to invest resources to provide the “necessary tactics and tools” to selected broadcast talents. It will help them to develop their broadcast skills, commentary, and analysis.
Roberta Hernandez, the Vice President of People and Culture at ESL Gaming told,“ By providing an infrastructure equal to their male counterparts, we are thrilled to create more visibility and opportunities for women in the esports space, as well as to support them in their professional development and to help make their dreams come true.”
She also told that one of the key points for the Women Players Council will be the “integration of women’s circuit winners into the ESL Pro Tour.”
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