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Running a Women's eSports Tournament


Framed by the goal of growing the participation of women in esports, we believe that all-women's tournaments are a worthwhile strategy for creating more opportunities for players, providing visibility for role models, and building welcoming community spaces. In this talk, professional CSGO player - Stephanie "missharvey" Harvey of CLG Red - and tournament organizer - Morgan Romine of ESL and Any Key - team up to discuss how women's tournaments could be run. Using a recent case-study of the Intel Challenge at IEM Katowice 2016, a women's CSGO tournament, we will examine the real, lived-in experiences of women pro-players, as well as the logistics of running an all women's esports tournament. We will address some of the most common challenges that women players face, and the things that can support them best. We will also talk about the important ways in which pro-level women's tournaments are identical to, and different from, any other professional esports event.

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