Rix.GG, UK esports organisation Rix.GG has released player rank distribution data from the Huntress Trials, a female and marginalised gender Valorant tournament.
This data, taken from all 83 players signed up to participate in the April tournament (including subs), shows that almost half of participating players had an in-game rank of either Immortal or Radiant – the highest ranks in the game.
44% of players in the Huntress Trials April tournament were Immortal during April of the current act, while 1.2% of players were Radiant. The Immortal players had an average rank rating (RR) of 110.
Rix says this finding is significant because only the top 1.1% of players across the whole game are Immortal. It hopes that by sharing this data, it can ‘help to dispel myths and misconceptions about the skill level and ranks of female and marginalised gender Valorant players in Europe’.
Elsewhere in the tournament, 38.6% of players were Diamond, 13.2% Platinum and 2.4% were below Platinum.
Comparing this data to the wider Valorant playerbase, Esportstales shows that 0.1% of all players are Radiant, and 1.1% are Immortal. Rix says this means the top 38 players from the Huntress tournament (one Radiant and 37 Immortal) are in the top 1.2% of all Valorant players.
When combining the ranks from Diamond to Radiant, this accounts for about 84% of the Huntress Trials tournament player base. This means those who took part in the tournament are in the top 5% of all Valorant players.
Nicole “Wolf” Sølvmose, head of esports inclusion at Rix, said: “It is no longer a secret that nearly 50% of all people in the world who game are females and marginalised genders, but where a lot of misconception and stereotypical thinking lies, is whether females and marginalised genders are capable at being good at the game they play. But, are they so good that they can take upon professional esport athlete careers? The answer is simple, yes they are, and yes, they can.
“Gender identity is not a blockade for skills in video games. Just looking at our statistics gathered above, it is clear that this barrier of misconception and stereotypical thoughts between genders in esports no longer is and never has been applicable to gaming.”
Jorden ‘Raen’ Dakin-White, head of PR and content at Rix, added: “Remove gender and the bottom line from these findings is the vast majority of players in our Huntress Trials tournaments are in the top 5% of all Valorant players. This is significant and these players are exceptional esports athletes.
“For every player we have in our tournaments, there’s always more out there, as shown by the growth of our player base over just three events. We hope that by hosting more events new players enter the scene, more players can have a full-time career within esports, and fully integrated teams become the norm.”
In a recent survey, 59% of women gamers said they adopt a non-gendered or male identity to avoid harassment while playing online.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.