Deutsche Telekom is further extending its commitment to more equality and diversity in the field of eSports. Together with Riot Games, SK Gaming, and the esports player foundation (epf), the company is launching the Equal eSports Cup – the first League of Legends (LoL) tournament for female and non-binary players in the DACH region. The four partners aim to provide a chance for all players, regardless of gender, origin, culture, or social background, to pursue their dreams and bring lasting change to the eSports and gaming scene, which is currently male-dominated. This was the companies’ declaration to mark the kick-off event of the new tournament series on April 29, 2023. Equal eSports Cup Deutsche Telekom
Antje Hundhausen, patron of the new tournament series and the initiator of #equalesports at Deutsche Telekom emphasizes: “The new tournament series is a further important step towards more equality and diversity in eSports. We launched the Equal eSports initiative two years ago. Together with our strong partners, we want to be a game changer and pave the way for the best female and non-binary players to reach the top of eSports. Mixed teams are our long-term goal.”
To promote more inclusion and opportunities for women in the field of eSports, Riot Games, the developers behind the League of Legends game, launched a Rising Stars tournament for Nordic countries last fall. The U.S. company is now supporting the Equal eSports Cup, the first independent tournament series in the DACH region. Adrián Padín Suárez, Senior Competitive Experience Manager at Riot Games and responsible for the organization of the tournament series explains: “The Equal eSports Cup has been designed as a safe space, so all participants are able to demonstrate their skills and realize their full potential. We are delighted that this will promote the professional careers of even more players.”
epf Launches Biggest LoL Tournament for Female and Non-binary Players
The esports player foundation (epf) is a non-profit excellence institution. It supports up-and-coming and top athletes on their journey to becoming world-class. For Jörg Adami, co-founder of epf, the cup is a huge milestone in terms of the Equal eSports initiative: “It’s the biggest, female, non-binary, and transgender tournament in the DACH region. In addition to RIOT as the publisher, all professional Prime League teams and individual LEC teams such as SK Gaming, G2, Rogue, and Vitality are demonstrating their support for the initiative’s goals by taking part. We are sure that many new female and non-binary professional teams will become established following the tournament. The Equal eSports movement is gathering pace and eSports stakeholders are working together to create something exemplary.”
Alexander T. Müller, CEO of SK Gaming, adds: “SK Gaming has always believed that gender shouldn’t make any difference. However, female and non-binary players are severely underrepresented in professional eSports. With Project Avarosa, we made a clear choice to be pioneers and promote diversity in the field of eSports. That we are now, three years later, involved in launching the biggest League of Legends tournament for female and non-binary players is the best example that our dedication is bearing fruit. We are delighted that we are able to also give many other talents outside of SK Gaming the chance to join a professional team.
League of Legends Pros Showcase Skills at Equal eSports Cup Kick-off Event
At the kick-off event, professional players of BIG Chroma and SK Avarosa showcased their skills in a live show match. The invited guests were also given the opportunity to take a look around the world of League of Legends, the most popular video game on the planet. At the event, they were also able to chat with one another and also speak to Anika “Ryxcales” Wolter (member of the Equal eSports Council, caster, analyst, and eSports host), Miki “BIG Nugget”, and many other eSports professionals.
Equal eSports Cup facts
More than 10 teams from established eSports organizations from the DACH region will be taking part in the tournament, including BIG Chroma, Eintracht Frankfurt, Eintracht Spandau, E WIE EINFACH E-SPORTS, French Bees (Vitality), G2 Hel, GamerLegion, KOI, MOUZ, SK Avarosa, and Unicorns of Love.
Up to four further teams can also qualify for the tournament in the open qualifiers. All female/non-binary teams, irrespective of whether they are professional or private teams, are eligible to register.
After the preliminary round, a maximum of 16 teams will take part in the four closed qualifiers. The best four teams will qualify for the offline final at the Equal eSports Festival in Cologne middle of September. There, the teams will play for places 1-4 in a best-of-three mode.