UK-based not-for-profit organisation Women in Games has released details of its upcoming esports tournament – the Valorant Community Cup.
This invitational for women players takes place on September 11th and 12th, and will showcase eight European esports teams. It’s ‘designed to build and strengthen the community of competitive gamers’.
Teams invited to participate include Chat Banned, fReya, Lux Nova, Project X, Rix.GG Lightning, Tenstar Nova and The Goose House Nova. The tournament will be administered and broadcast by tournament organiser Monkey Bubble, a new Women in Games Corporate Ambassador.
The broadcast will take place on Sunday September 12th from 12pm BST on YouTube, featuring international casting talent.
After the event, Canadian CSGO coach and former player Steph ‘missharvey’ Harvey will also be interviewing some of the players from the Valorant Community Cup at the Women in Games Conference on September 15th.
The Community Cup is supported by Google, sponsors of the esports track at the Women in Games Conference. Additional prizes are being made available by Overclockers UK/ noblechairs which also recently joined Women in Games as a Corporate Ambassador.
Women in Games said it ‘strongly believes it’s vital to support the development of additional women’s competitions to help players to gain new skills and experience, and as a stepping stone to competing in open events, and that events like this play an important role in inspiring new players to join the esports community’.
Marie-Claire Isaaman, CEO of Women in Games, commented: “Women in Games is delighted to support the European Valorant community in a weekend of high level competitive gaming taking place in a safe environment. We encourage all women interested in organised gaming to watch and be inspired by our European champion teams.
“Some players from the tournament will also feature in the Women in Games Conference on September 15th, where they will be interviewed by Steph ‘missharvey’ Harvey. We welcome the support of Google who are supporting Women in Games for the first time and make this event possible.”
The esports tournament takes place within the Women in Games Festival which runs from September 6th to 18th and also includes in a Games Jam, the Women in Games Conference, the Women in Games Awards and a host of Satellite Events hosted by community and associated organisations.
Women in Games will also reveal new research on toxicity at its upcoming conference, following discussion around harassment in the industry, such as the Activision Blizzard scandal.
Elsewhere in women in esports news today, esports platform Challengermode announced its partnership with the Super Girl Gamer Series to host tournaments across a range of esports. This forms part of Challengermode’s initiative to support more female-led esports initiatives to its grassroots esports platform.
The Super Girl Gamer Series joins other female-focused esports organisations using Challengermode, such as Girls’ House, a girls focused space for players interested in participating in women’s-only Valorant events, and The Goose House which has received funding from Challengermode and Opera GX’s grassroots esports fund for its Birds of Prey: Episode One tournament’s prize pool.
Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He 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 and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.