A British Esports initiative aimed at creating a welcoming community for women and marginalised genders has received global recognition.

The Women in Esports programme has been nominated for a Women in Games Global Award.

First established in 2019, the initiative is designed to focus on promoting more inclusivity and diversity within the esports industry.

Since its inception, the Women in Esports initiative has delivered various projects and activations, including:

  • A partnership with the Dota Valkyries, to increase female participation in Dota 2
  • Hosting a Valorant Showmatch at Insomnia 69
  • Running and maintaining a growing Women in Esports Discord community
  • Maintaining an advisory committee with members from various sectors of the industry

Most recently, the Women in Esports team were also on hand to support the women’s teams and players at the hugely successful Commonwealth Esports Championships at the ICC, Birmingham, with all women’s teams securing medals in their respective games.

“I am ecstatic that Women in Esports has been nominated for the Most Inclusive Initiative award, globally in esports.” said Billie Purdie, Women in Esports Manager.

“Diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of everything we do, so to have recognition for our efforts feels very rewarding.

“The work the Women in Esports team put in is second to none, and we’re excited by what lies ahead.”

Andy Payne OBE, Chair, British Esports, said: “This is a great acknowledgement of the hard work that the British Esports Federation and Women in Esports initiative has delivered in the past 3 years.

“Huge success at the Commonwealth Esports Championships for the Women’s teams and players clearly shows there is opportunity to compete, and succeed at the very highest levels, and we must ensure it continues.”

For more information on the Women in Esports initiative, please visit https://bit.ly/3KKl2ii.