Athena Alliance aims to create safe spaces for women in esports

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The esports world has made great strides in recent years when it comes to inviting women into a traditionally male-dominated space. There is still much work to be done, however. The Athena Alliance CLT aims to be part of the conversation.

Towards that end, the Carolinas–based women’s gaming organization is producing an all-female Call of Duty: Modern Warfare tournament. Competing teams include Athena’s Warfare, Athena’s Vengeance, Black Gamer League, MG Royals, Aqualix Esports, Digital Fatales, and H.A.G. Hornets. The event kicks off with the qualifiers on February 27 at 1:45 p.m. EST. The finals will take place on March 6 at 1:45 p.m. EST. You can watch it all live on Athena Alliance CLT’s Twitch channel.

“In order to see more women participating in esports events, women have to be at the forefront of creating safe spaces for women to both compete and network with other like-minded women,” Athena Alliance CLT Founder Emi Vener stated in a press release.

Recognizing women’s in-game prowess

This event had its genesis in a conversation Vener had with Black Nerd Swag’s Lauren Hazel last year. Both women took note of  the lack of recognition given to an APEX Legends invitational held in 2020. In spite of major sponsorship from Netflix, that tournament garnered little coverage. Per the press release: “Striving to have others be involved, both women set out to create an event where women would be recognized and praised for in-game prowess.”

In September of last year, they brought together various organizations with the idea to create new all-female Call of Duty teams, with participation of Women in Games Ambassador Emilia Rose.

In October 2020, the Athena Alliance CLT presented the Athena Arena: an all-women’s tournament designed to increase women’s visibility in esports. It also raised funds for local charities that benefit women and others in the community.

For more information about The Athena Alliance CLT, visit https://flow.page/athenaallianceclt.

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