Warwick Esports launches The Pack for greater representation of women and non-binary people in esports

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Warwick Esports, the University of Warwick’s esports society, has launched its new community, The Pack, open exclusively to women and non-binary individuals.

The community is based out of this Discord server and ‘will have a more relaxed approach to the other servers run by the society’. It’s open to all women and non-binary individuals who want to join, not just students or those at the university.

The Pack will act as a safe environment for members to chat with like-minded individuals, run events like game nights, competitions and team-building exercises. It will also act as a staging ground for members to get connections with female and non-binary experts in the industry.

The community will also help field Warwick’s teams for the Amazon University Esports UK women’s and non-binary leagues (run by the NUEL).

“I wanted to create a welcoming environment where people can play games with others, without having to hide or conceal who they are or how they act when they play.”

Caity ‘Kat’ Emery

Caity ‘Kat’ Emery, VP of Warwick Esports and founder of The Pack, said: “I wanted to create a welcoming environment where people can play games with others, without having to hide or conceal who they are or how they act when they play.

“I also want to give women and non-binary individuals confidence that there is a place for them within the industry, by providing exposure to others like themselves.”

Clare Green, the creative and digital communities manager for the University of Warwick and a Women in Games Ambassador, added: “For a long time, we have realised that video games have acted as a medium that gets a lot of women and non-binary individuals interested in getting involved, whether through competing or just playing and enjoying the social aspect of it all, and this community and the esports centre will give them a safe space to do that.

“For the community to be launched and go from 0 to 50 members in a matter of days just shows that this is an exciting new beginning for esports at Warwick.”

Warwick Esports is the official esports and gaming society at the University of Warwick. It fields hundreds of players each year in multiple games, and is one of the UK’s most decorated universities in esports.

Earlier this year, the University of Warwick retained its title as UK Esports University of the Year, winning the NSE award for the third year in a row.

The University of Warwick invested £275,000 in a new esports centre research hub and competition venue, which opened in September.

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