G2 makes an all-female statement as it jumps into VALORANT with Gozen
Famous as one of the most enduring powerhouses in European esports, G2 is now breaking new ground with an all-female VALORANT team. The squad has been dubbed G2 Gozen, and its members include heavy hitters like Zainab “zAAz” Turkie, Juia “Juliano” Kiran, Anja “aNNja” Vasalic, Petra “Petra” Stoker, and Michaela “Mimi” Lintrup. In announcing the lineup, celebrated European esports organization G2 described the roster as featuring “some of the best female European VALORANT players in the world”.
“To me they aren’t a female team, they are our VALORANT team,” G2 CEO and founder Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez said in a release. “At G2, we build teams and bring in players based on skill and brand fit. These are amongst the best female players in the world and we’re proud to have them. We’ll support them all the way, as we support all our teams, and look forward to seeing them grow and kick some ass as part of the G2 army.”
The esports organization sees the G2 Gozen as a continuation of a goal to have men and women competing against each other in mixed-league action.
“We strive to hire the best and highest performing gamers in the industry to compete at the highest level possible, irrespective of gender identity,” G2 stated.
One of G2 Gozen’s first appearances will be representing G2 at upcoming VCT: Game Changers tournament action.
Leading the new VALORANT team into battle as squad captain will be Kiran, a Swedish CS:GO veteran who jumped to the upstart game earlier this fall.
G2 Gozen might represent a first for celebrated European esports organization G2, but all-female squads exist in the esports world. North American esports and lifestyle organization TSM announced its own female VALORANT team earlier this year. TSM’s team joined previously announced professional squads backed by Cloud9 White and CLG Red.
Despite mainstream misconceptions about who gaming is most popular with, stats show that 41 percent of players are female.