Recently, ESL announced the #GGForAll initiative, which “will launch a series of new initiatives designed to fight discrimination, promote mental well-being and advance environmental sustainability in esports.” Intel is the first of many brand partners to support the initiative, with a new global women’s circuit in CSGO being the first event of the initiative. With more brand partners coming soon, the movement is seen as a positive force in the CSGO scene. Not everyone is thrilled with this initiative, however, and #GGForAll has encountered a backlash that has unfortunately become expected of any genre-related initiative like this.

The Women’s World Circuit for CSGO will have a $ 500,000 prize pool, consisting of online and offline events throughout the year. Its first major event will be held online between March and May, followed by two LAN events in Dallas, Texas, and Valencia, Spain. This will be followed by another two-month online league, before concluding with a league final in Sweden in November.

Gender neutral initiatives such as #GGForAll and Riot’s valiant Game changers can be seen as paradoxes by some. After all, they are meant to be inclusive initiatives, but are exclusively available to genders who are not CIS men. However, these initiatives aim to give female gamers (and other less-represented genres) a platform to pave the way for professional gaming. There are a lot of social factors at play that prevent women from participating in the most competitive events. Such events are meant to encourage women to compete. These show them that women can compete and earn money in esports. These will inspire and encourage a young breed of women to try their hand at esports. Within these isolated environments, they have to deal less with vitriol towards their gender, as they will play against people who are more than confident that they will not use their gender to insult them.

Semmler’s comments make sense but encourage fanatics to stick to their guns

Then Semmler tweeted.

“When will the men’s tournament be scheduled? “

With such a wacky and blunt tweet, it’s no wonder he drew quite a few detractors. Many people engaged him in discussions, which ultimately led Semmler to clarify his position. In one follow-up tweet, he says:

“If the goal is to get more women to compete with men, isn’t it to have a league with free money only for women who are actively working against the goal?” Why compete with men if you get guaranteed pay in a much less competitive environment? “

His argument makes sense, and it is a point of discussion led in the right direction. In the responses, many gave their own points, noting that a bridging initiative like this can help promote the game for women, expand the female pool and possibly develop ‘good enough’ talent. “For” professional level “tournaments. Her argument that this might cause women to rely solely on women’s-only tournaments throughout their professional careers still rests on the assumption that women would never be competitive enough to want to play in “professional level” tournaments. We might not see it in our lifetime, but it could still affect the culture we have right now that discourages women from playing. We could continue to promote leagues for women only until we get to a point where women players can compete with men players.

Semmler would also react later saying his main complaint is on #GGForAll’s messaging. Still, he asks why tournaments before aren’t seen as #GGForAll, failing to realize how the existence of toxic men in these spheres makes them less inclusive of women. If anything, tweets by the likes Leveret and Reinessa should give everyone a clear picture of what it’s like to play at a competitive level as a woman, and you’d realize why other tournaments aren’t #GGForAll.

The problem with Semmler’s shot is that he started off with a very unscathed joke that really got a lot of people off the ground. It attracted commentators who gave good points, giving both the merits and the cons of the women-only leagues. However, it also drew a lot of insensitive and vitriolic comments from men who must have felt empowered by his comments. With his popularity and influence, many would take his word for it, force them to adapt to their own ideas, and feel justified that their misogyny should be acceptable because a popular person’s views “align” with theirs. This is why people should “walk on eggshells” when in positions of power and learn to have fun at their jobs without making anyone feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.

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