Game Changers Expanding to the EMEA Region
Lynne "drDelta" Dumeny
9/7/2021, 3:47:31 PM
Game Changers is a program by Riot Games created to provide more opportunities for women and other marginalized genders to compete in VALORANT. Game Changers is intended to be a global initiative and an early investment designed to promote diversity and inclusiveness within the esport. Multiple regions have joined this effort since initially announced in February: North America, Brazil, Latin America, and most recently Southeast Asia. However, the global community has been anxiously awaiting for Europe to jump in. With tweets from Halo, EMEA’s rendition of the Game Changers has been rumored since July.
In a recent vague tweet, with the tagline “#HERETOSLAY,” Riot teased that a Game Changers event would finally be announced for the EMEA region.
On September 7, as promised, Riot released the official announcement of the first Game Changers series coming to EMEA September 27 – October 3.
As of now, there are a total of three tournaments announced:
Both events in September and October will be open qualifier tournaments featuring up to 64 teams made up of women. The tournament in October will be a special “All-in” edition which will allow for co-ed teams, provided at least three team members are women. Players will compete for a share of the €20,000 prize pool up for grabs per tournament. The third and final tournament in November is offering up a total prize pool of €50,000. To be eligible, players must hold a rank of Platinum 1 at the time of registration or during the preceding Act.
EMEA has had several tournaments dedicated to women and marginalized gender players such as the Huntress Trials, Birds of Prey, and Girls’ House. With the addition of the Game Changers stamp to the region, comes additional funding and support from Riot. Subsequently, there will be more support from additional organizations to invest in teams. This will definitely help to improve the representation of women in esports and to create opportunities for a fair, safe environment for these players to develop.
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Lynne "drDelta" Dumeny
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