TSM announces all-female professional VALORANT team
Esports continues to make inclusivity inroads
Duck and cover because there’s a new professional VALORANT team in town. And making it clear that esports continues to make strides where equality is concerned, it’s comprised entirely of women.
The team has been assembled by the North American esports and lifestyle organization TSM. Watch for the squad to wade into battle at the VCT Game Changers Series I open qualifiers.
Leading the squad is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional Catherine “CAth” Leroux. She’ll be joined by Mirna ‘athxna’ Noureldin, Emily “mle” Peters, Katherine ‘LunarKats’ So, and Zoe “Zoe” Servais.
In announcing her latest foray into the world of esports, CAth—who did CS:GO battle from 2014 to 2029—said “My competitive drive never left, and I’m looking forward to competing again under the TSM banner.”
TSM CEO Andy “Reginald” Dinh meanwhile praised the squad with “This team represents the core values of TSM. We wanted the best players to build out our competitive VALORANT presence—and we found them. Cath is a veteran leader who has shown clear dominance in various matches since 2017. Athxna shows real prowess as an in-game leader, and with the raw skill that LunarKats, mle, and Zoe possess, I see huge potential for this team.”
The VALORANT Champions Tour Game Changers has launched this month with the goal of making esports more welcoming to women and marginalized genders. There are two streams, with Game Changers Series highlighting players in regional tournaments to provide exposure for competitive players.
Game Changers Academy, meanwhile, spotlights grassroots VALORANT players and those who categorize themselves as semi-pro.
TSM’s new team will join previously announced professional squad’s back 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.
The new TSM team’s first match will take place tomorrow in the VCT Game Changers Series 1 open qualifiers.