Queer Women of Esports looks to move the dial on inclusivity

One of the biggest misconceptions about esports is that it’s the almost exclusive passion of male gamers. Queer Women of Esports is out to change that.

Many studies have shown that as many as 40 percent of players are female. In recognition of that, organizations like HyperX are making a concerted effort to increase both inclusivity and diversity by hiring high-profile streamers like Aerial Powers.

Now the recently founded group Queer Women of Esports is stepping up to make the landscape even more diverse.

A nonprofit venture that came into being last year, QWE will stage a live 12-hour launch broadcast on February 27. The goal of the event will be to move the dial on inclusivity while providing members of the LGBTQIA+ population with a judgement-free environment. Participants will also be given the opportunity to gain relevant industry skills while connecting with like-minded individuals.

The February 27 broadcast will be on Twitch, followed by a networking session on Discord. Those who tune in will be able to purchase limited-edition merchandise.

Included in the marathon will be esports experts offering an educational perspective on the industry and market. Topics will include “How to Find your Dream Career in Esports” and “Extending the Esports Invitation: Creating an Inclusive, Profitable Fan Base”.

QWE will also partner participants with industry leaders with the goal of helping advance both the careers of the LGBTQIA+ population and the culture of esports.

On its website, Queer Women of Esports states that something needs to change in the world of esports:

“It’s not an even playing field. Women who identify as queer face even more barriers. So let’s fix it.”

The site also notes that the highest ranking female games is number 325 on the career earnings list.

“Scarlett, the most successful female esports professional, has earned a total of $350,000 in her career,” it states. “By comparison, the number one overall male earner has grossed almost $7,000,000.”

For more about QWE go here.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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