Women’s Esports Competitions: One Path to Equity

The debate about women’s esports tournaments is older than the term “esports” itself but blooms anew every year, ageless and unchanged. DreamHack recently announced their $100,000 women’s CS:GO tournament for DreamHack Valencia 2019 and the arguments are near identical to those that cropped up in 2004 when women Quake players organized the Ms. QuakeCon event.

On the surface, the debate is understandable. Esports offers a competitive arena where physical strength and height have no bearing on the strategy and skill needed to win, and segregation