Esports tournament marks historic turn for women gamers

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In an ongoing effort to create space for competitive women gamers, three gaming companies upped the ante in September, hosting a historic esports tournament. Sept. 14, 202002:18For The Women (FTW) Showdown — a collaboration between Comcast’s Spectacor Gaming, Nerd Street Gamers and Riot Games — culminated in a three-day, all-women’s virtual esports tournament with a $50,000 prize pot.The winnings marked the highest amount distributed for an all-women’s tournament featuring the first-person shooter game “Valorant,” which launched in June.“We want to showcase all the female talent out there to normalize female gamers in hopes to have more co-ed teams and tournaments,” said Meredith Weber, co-founder of FTW.Women compete in the For The Women (FTW) Showdown 2020 Valorant tournament in September.Nerd Street GamersFrom Sept. 11 through Sept. 13, six North American teams competed remotely while hundreds of thousands of viewers cheered them on via Twitch.“We’re thrilled with the community’s response to FTW’s first tournament,” said Tucker Roberts, president of Spectacor Gaming and Philadelphia Fusion. “This event proved that there’s a huge demand for more women’s tournaments.”Get the knowyourvalue newsletter.FTW Summer Showdown started as a one-day event with a $10,000 prize. Then last week, Valorant creator …

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