May 28, 2024

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The game boosting diversity in esports and creating role models for the next generation

Those within esports often get tired with constant comparisons with traditional sports, but the increasingly popular world of competitive gaming can often be an example for those more historic sports to follow.

While the industry as a whole is still male-dominated, organizations have launched projects in the hope of creating a more diverse gaming environment.

An example of this is the Valorant Game Changers initiative which looks to provide a platform for marginalized genders to compete and develop into professional players.

Valorant is a first-person shooting game developed by Riot Games – of League of Legends fame – and has approximately 12 million players logging in each month.

The Game Changers series runs alongside the main competition and looks to foster marginalized talent in a safe environment away from any potential harassment.

Riot Games’ Senior Brand Manager Vera Wienken has worked closely on launching the initiative and says it’s already been a success.