How often do you actually see women in competitive gaming? The answer is…
After this past weekend, I realized that in every championship at Blizzcon, there were NO WOMEN competing. And guess what? I wasn’t the only female to have realized this over the weekend.
After much thought and a lot of support. I’ve decided to start up an eSports team named Sweet Synergy.
On our first night of ‘realization’ - over 100 women applied for team spots. The overwhelming support has been IMMENSE. Even a handful of males are pushing our team forward and supporting, asking to be a part of staff and our twitch streams. Of course, a lot of women of all sorts have inquired about the team - but after constructing an amazing staff group so far, we have redirected focus of the all female competitive team from ‘just wanting attention’ to ‘actually wanting to compete.’ In other words, we don’t condone ‘Rated R’ types of behavior in order to get attention.
We don’t want attention, we want representation.
I’m not going to ask my tumblr friends to reblog this, but if you do believe in our team and female representation in the competitive gaming league, then boosting this post will go a long way for us. We are here to voice that we are just as competitive and equal as any other opposite gender competitor.
The 2016 MSI: North America vs. Korea...Darshan vs. Faker
Recently, Riot Games hosted a major eSports tournament, the Mid Season Interventional (MSI), for League of Legends. At MSI, each region is represented by a professional team. Notably, this is the first year North America made it to the final round of an international League of Legends tournament. Unfortunately, they played against, arguably, the greatest team in the existence of League of Legends, Korea. The NA team, CLG, performed exceptionally well, even beating the Korean team during the group stages thanks to Darshan (Olivia’s favorite player), who carried the team. Similarly, SKT’s gameplay solely depended on their star player, Faker. Regrettably, SKT ended up beating CLG 3-0.
One of the highlights of the finals was before the second game began. North America challenged Korea with the exact same conditions as the first game, which North America lost. Clearly, CLG wanted to convey the message that they believe they could have won the previous game. Korea called their bluff, also choosing the same team composition from the previous game, proving that they are the stronger team. Though I am disappointed, I am confident that CLG will come back stronger for their next tournament.
There’s one more thing I want to discuss about the MSI: the aftermath. Because of the loss, many fans were angered with Darshan, claiming that he underperformed throughout the finals. Many even called for him to be kicked off the team; however, even though he made several mistakes during the finals, CLG as a whole underperformed and would not have made it to the finals without Darshan. To improve, CLG should assess what they did wrong and determine how to prey on the opposing team’s weakness. Specifically, CLG needs to figure out how to play against Faker because he won’t disappear from the professional scene anytime soon.