Riot to add an official women’s League of Legends Esports circuit. Picture Courtesy: Netflix

Riot to add an official women’s League of Legends Esports circuit. Picture Courtesy: Netflix

Riot to add an official women’s League of Legends Esports circuit

Newsroom Sep 3, 2022

Riot Games is considering adding a women's League of Legends global Esports circuit, similar to its Valorant Game Changers initiative.

Overview:

  • Riot Games is considering adding a women’s League of Legends global Esports circuit.
  • Riot is also considering adding other isolated tournaments for female players, but plans around these are still in the works.
  • Riot’s Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Game Changers women’s circuit was first launched in North America in early 2021 and was added to the EMEA region following its success.

A women's League of Legends global Esports circuit, like its Valorous Game Changers program, is something Riot Games is thinking about implementing. According to Esports News UK sources, Riot has previously explored such a move internally. Still, today's news that G2 Esports has signed a women's League of Legends squad has advanced the concept. Although a women's circuit is reportedly taking place, the date the league will debut is yet unknown. Riot is thinking of creating more isolated competitions for female players in addition to a global circuit, although they are still in the planning stages.

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Riot Games does not currently have a women's League of Legends circuit. A few independent, women-only LoL competitions have occurred, including FemaleLegends at DreamHack, ESWC Paris, and, most recently, the GirlGamer Oradea Festival EU LoL competition. This wasn't the official women's Worlds competition, but the team that won it afterward signed with G2, and it will have a global final scheduled for early 2023.

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League of Legends and Valorant university competitions for women and non-binary players are also held in the UK for students. Riot's LCS in North America originally launched the Game Changers project; however, it focuses more on workshops and mentoring than on competitive tournaments (though there was a one-off competitive bootcamp event). Riot explained why the LCS program was not as well publicized as Valorous Game Changers in this piece for Nerd Street in November 2021, stating that Riot "doesn't want women to feel pressure or toxicity publicly." Riot has also revealed its plans for Brazilian women.

According to sources, the possibility of Game Changers coming to EU League of Legends has been "absolutely" explored further and may now be more likely than ever after the G2 announcement. Since any prospective finals in the Middle East would make it difficult for LGBTQ+ players to participate, the inclusion of the MENA area may have precluded the development and announcement of such a circuit so far. Rocket League squad Moist Esports turned down the opportunity to compete in the GWB tournament in Saudi Arabia in July, with UK coach Noah pledging "not to identify with a nation that doesn't recognize LGBTQ+ persons as human beings."

Early in 2021, Riot introduced its Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Game Changers women's circuit for the first time in North America. As a result of its popularity, the VCT circuit was expanded to include the EMEA area. In May 2022, G2 Gozen defeated UK org Guild again in the championship to win three consecutive VCT Game Changers competitions.

G2 Esports announced they had signed the women’s League of Legends roster. Picture Courtesy: G2 HEL

It's also important to note that Riot has had issues confirming non-binary players in EMEA: VCT Game Changers Non-binary players are presently prohibited from participating in EU, and League may follow suit. Due to a lack of developer support and competition, UK Esports organizations LDN UTD and Resolve stated this week that they were leaving the women's League of Legends scene.

Jeff Simpkins, head of operations at Resolve, said, a disappointing choice to have to make. Riot and tournament organizers have a dearth of support for the League of Legends women's scene. Riot Games is moving ahead with creating an equal competitive League of Legends (LoL) circuit for women and underrepresented genders in light of the success of VALORANT's Game Changers circuit. The first to report on the development was Esports News. The UK.

According to the source, the timing of the most recent additions by G2 Esports pushed the decision ahead. A fragmented circuit was brought to light by G2's signing of Burger Flippers (now known as G2 Hel): DreamHack, ESWC, GirlGamer Festival (by Grow uP Esports), Doomfire Gaming, La Coupe Féminine, and other events have conducted competitions for women and other underrepresented genders. Organizations came and went because of the circuit's fragmentation. It should be noted that Airbus' Out of the Blue program ended in 2020. Resolve recently left the circuit, claiming a lack of events and publisher support.

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Riot Games Women’s League. Picture Courtesy: G2 HEL

Even though women are present on the circuit and in solo queues at the Grandmaster rank and higher, teams have seldom included them. The most recent incident included Maya "Caltys" Henckel, a G2 Hel AD carry which had just joined the squad, who was abruptly benched from Valiance and then decided to quit. Even then, the professional League of Legends circuit seldom included female players or other underrepresented genders.

The information could make Resolve reconsider its decision to leave the female LoL circuit. With this action, Riot Games will address the issue of women and other disadvantaged groups receiving insufficient airtime and visibility in the competitive LoL scene. A woman might play in a big league, as in 2015 with Maria "Remilia" Creveling, if that exposure leads to simpler and better talent scouting in that area.

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In addition, like with VALORANT's Game Changers, Riot may get an audience they had little hope of attracting otherwise. Indeed, when such scenarios develop, as tales are told and as (friendly?) rivalries arise, supporters will gather behind their preferred teams and tales that speak to them.

Contrary to the CS: GO circuit, the likelihood of an all-female roster playing in the LCS and LCS is still limited owing to the restricted structure of the LoL circuit. CLG.Red has previously competed in regional competitions and qualifications throughout CS history.

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