UK grassroots esports organisation The Goose House has announced a new series of tournaments for females and marginalised genders in Valorant, as well as a separate Beyond Valorant UK and Ireland One Day Open.
Firstly, Birds of Prey: Episode One is the new series of Valorant tournaments open to female and marginalised gender players in Europe.
This is due to go ahead on July 25th 2021, with 16 teams competing in a best-of-three series for a $1,500 prize pool, and the tournament will be broadcast live at Twitch.tv/TheGooseHouse.
Megsoundslikeegg (she/her) & Luuucid (she/her) will be providing commentary for the broadcast, and it will be their first professional casting opportunity.
Megan Clark (she/her), head esports admin at The Goose House, said: “I believe tournaments like ‘Birds of Prey’ are incredibly important to the esports scene. It’s vital that we continue to provide opportunities for female and marginalised gender players to thrive, and help shine a light on all the amazing work they do in esports.”
Dan Ellis (he/him) CEO at The Goose House, added: “Birds of Prey: Episode One is something we’ve been wanting to run for a very long time. At The Goose House we celebrate diversity and inclusion, wanting everyone to have the opportunity to succeed. Thanks to the Challengermode and Opera GX grassroots esports fund, we’ve been able to make the tournament even more exciting for the teams signing up.”
The Goose House has also announced the Beyond Valorant UK and Ireland One Day Open taking place on August 7th 2021, its second event with energy drink brand Beyond NRG as the headline sponsor. The event will be cast by JohnPee (he/him) and Organised (he/him).
It’s open to 32 teams with a total prize pool of £1,000 up for grabs. The Goose House says the tournament demonstrates its continued commitment to grassroots esports.
“Beyond have been on a journey with us over the past four months and we’re excited to bring yet another Valorant tournament to the UK and Ireland,” Dan Ellis added. “Not only is this great for the community but it shows how much trust Beyond have in us after the success of the first one back in March.”
Dan Ellis is also commercial director at Code Red Esports and was previously UK partnerships director at ESL UK for almost two years.
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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.