Women in Esports: Sjokz, Frankie & more break down the challenges & goals

As 2021 draws to a close, Dexerto spoke to several women around the esports industry to hear about their experiences from the year.

In October 2021, a post appeared on the League of Legends subreddit that boldly asked the question: ‘why are there no female League of Legends pro players?’ The replies to this and other posts on the topic are eerily emblematic of the challenges women still face in esports, and gaming more widely.

On one hand, there was the creation of Valorant Game Changers, an all-women pro circuit for Riot’s FPS. On the other, the announcement of a $500,000 CS:GO women’s circuit run by ESL as part of its #GGForAll initiative has sparked a heated debate about whether or not separating tournaments by gender is doing a disservice to women in esports.

All this begs the question: when it comes to esports, how do women currently in the industry feel about the state of affairs as 2021 draws to a close?

Dexerto spoke to five women – Rainbow Six Siege player and content creator Marieke ‘MissMarie’ Denise, broadcaster and host Frankie Ward, two-time Valorant Game Changers champion Mathilde ‘Nelo’ Bartoise, host and esports personality Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere, and broadcaster and esports org owner Erin Ashley Simon. They shared their thoughts on the past year, and what still needs to change in esports.


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Mathilde ‘Nelo’ Bartoise – Valorant Game Changers champion

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Nelo is a two-time Valorant Game Changers champion

Nelo dominated the early stages of the EMEA edition of Valorant Game Changers, the all-women pro circuit for Riot’s FPS title. Having taken home the first two EMEA Game Changers titles, Nelo gave her insight into how Game Changers has helped women’s esports and the importance of creating safe spaces for women in gaming.

When Valorant Game Changers began in March 2021, it was a North America-only event. The NA region ran three Game Changers events, and six Academy events, over the course of the year. The format was brought to the EMEA region in September, with the first series in the region starting on September 27.

On October 3, TENSTAR Nova were crowned the first EMEA Game Changers champions after beating Rix.GG Lightning 3-1 in the grand final. Nelo, the MVP of the title decider, could hardly contain herself when the team put the series to bed.

“I was in shock,” she said. “It was the first-ever trophy I had won, and I had won on it such a big stage. I just couldn’t believe it.”

What was more, her journey with Tenstar Nova had seen her defeat The Originals, a team that

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DICK’S Sporting Products And The DICK’S Sporting Items Foundation Provide The #GiftOfSport To 10,000 Youth Athletes On 8-City Holiday break Tour

“At this time previous calendar year, we had been embarking on our very first-ever Sports Subject Supplying Truck Tour,” reported Aimee Watters, Govt Director of The DICK’S Sporting Merchandise Basis. “Due to the fact past December, the Offering Truck has offered 35,000 items in 23 towns throughout the U.S. We’re thrilled to be hitting the road once more to deliver kids with the tools they will need to retain enjoying the athletics they really like.”

For this forthcoming tour, The DICK’S Basis has pre-selected youth athletes from sports activities businesses to distribute the Supplying Truck gifts in the 8 cities it’s traveling to. Basis Spouse Great Sports has prepacked baggage for every single person baby at these corporations, guaranteeing each youthful athlete has their have machines to safely and securely enjoy their most loved sports. Included in every woman athlete’s bag will be a DSG Brand name sports activities bra as aspect of The DICK’S Foundation’s previously announced motivation to donate 100,000 sports activities bras to youth athletes in under-resourced communities. California-based graffiti artists and muralists, The Illuminaries (@illuminaries), built the colorful and eye-catching artwork shown on the Truck.

All through the getaway season, all DICK’S Sporting Goods, Area & Stream and Golfing Galaxy areas are also accumulating donations and continue on to guidance youth sporting activities groups, leagues, corporations and schools in will need.

  • Local community Grants: Through the stop of January, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation will donate up to $6 million via the Sporting activities Subject Neighborhood Grant method, in which Community Marketing and advertising Managers and keep associates throughout the region will have the possibility to provide grants to community below-resourced schools and youth athletics companies.
  • DonorsChoose: Starting November 16, The DICK’S Sporting Merchandise Basis will triple-match donations to Sporting activities Subject projects on DonorsChoose up to $200,000. This implies, for case in point, that every single $20 donation to qualifying initiatives will turn out to be $60 for those teams in will need. Due to the fact 2015, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has partnered with DonorsChoose to aid pupil athletes at much more than 5,300 colleges throughout all 50 states stay associated in sporting activities with extra than $12.5 million in donations.

Because 2014, DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation have committed over $145 million to assistance younger athletes by its Sporting activities Subject initiative. Sports activities Matter raises consciousness for the youth sporting activities funding crisis as the fight to help you save youth sports activities carries on across the U.S.

For far more details on how your team can apply for funding or to donate to Sports Make any difference, make sure you go to SportsMatter.org.

About DICK’S Sporting Products, Inc. 
Established in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Products is a major omni-channel sporting products retailer providing an considerable assortment of superior-high-quality sporting activities equipment, clothing, footwear and equipment. As of October 30, 2021, the enterprise operated 734 DICK’S Sporting Items spots throughout the United States,

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