ESPN’s eSports arm is partnering with eFuse for an all-women Call of Duty: Warzone tourney this Thursday.
The US$10,000[AU$14,401] Call of Duty: Warzone event is called “Women of the eRena,” which will star the great female CoD pro players in the eSports community.
ESPN has partnered with an eSports gaming giant eFuse. For those who aren’t familiar with eFuse, it is a platform for gamers to create their portfolios to help build up their gaming careers. It’s like Linkedin for the gaming community.
It helps gamers connect with each other, to the community, open up jobs, career communities, and collaborations.
The partnership is apt, with female players now slowly emerging in what was then a highly male-dominated industry in the past. It only goes to show that eFuse recognizes the strong potential of female gamers in the professional scene.
Women of the eRena details
The Call of Duty: Warzone eSports event will be aired on Twitch via ESPN’s eSports channel this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, the current standing and matches can be found on the eFuse website.
The Warzone tourney will feature eight teams of four, battling it out for a $10,000 prize pool. The event will be hosted by Call of Duty League’s very own Lottie Van Praag, with Jess Brohard as the caster. Both are highly known figures in the CoD community.
The eSports event will not only gather famed female streamers, such as Ashley “MiDNiteMN” Glassel and Cloud9 streamer C9EmZ, but will also feature noted celebrities.
Per ESPN, the event will include the participation of “Women’s National Soccer Team and OL Reign midfielder Allie Long, Aerial Powers of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, esports hosts and streamers Erin Ashley Simon and Katie Bedford.”
List of participants
According to eFuse’s official statement and that of ESPN’s report, here is the list of participant in the Call of Duty: Warzone tourney called “Women of the eRena”:
- Kathleen “Loserfruit” Belsten
- Hannah “Noisybutters” Bryan
- Danielle “iFooya” Bosch
- Kalei “Kalei” Mau
- Rachel “Asivrs” Retana
- Kat “Mystik” Gunn
- Amanda “AmandaTheJedi” Steele
- Maddy “Maddynf” Forrest
- Ashley “Electra” Jenkins
- Hannah “Bnans” Kennedy
- Melissa “NuFo” Prizzia
- Erin Ashley Simon
- Aerial Powers
- Ashley “MiDNiteMN” Glassel
- Crystal Mills
- Chelle “chellchee” Burke
- Allie Long
- Sam “HeyLovely” James
- Victoria “QueenNayru” Horsley
- Katie Bedford
- Paola “Pancakepow” Alejandra
- Victoria “VikkiKitty” Perez
Ayyy, I will be playing in this alongside a bunch of amazing women!! 🎮 https://t.co/KyUtWTi8E1
— MiDNiTE (@MiDNiTEMN) July 7, 2020
eFuse’s groundbreaking launch of “Women of the eRena”
According to eFuse’s official announcement, the all-women event is described as the first of its kind. It is a tournament dedicated to showcase the women of gaming.
YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS! Live from @ESPN_Esports this Thursday! 👀🏆💰
— eFuse 💣 (@eFuseOfficial) July 6, 2020
Aside from ESPN, eFuse has also partnered with Women in Games. It is a non-profit organization with a goal to eliminate gender discrimination. It also empowers women in the gaming community to maximize their full gaming potential.
eFuse CEO, Matthew Benson, says, “eFuse is ecstatic to help launch this amazing four-part series. We believe there are many amazing women in this industry, and it’s important to showcase their talent and contributions. The event scheduled for this Thursday and all of the others to come will have a direct focus on showcasing these incredibly strong and impactful women.”
The event’s host, Jess Brohard, who is also a recognized content creator, expressed her excitement about the upcoming event. “[…] it’s awesome that eFuse is giving us a platform to showcase what women in esports are capable of,” says Brohard “It’s an emotional time for many right now, but my hope is that events like this will contribute to the greater cause of making esports a safe and inclusive space for everyone.”
Call of Duty: Warzone has been quite the successful Battle Royale game title for Activision. The game’s mechanics have piqued the interest of the many. Make sure to stay tuned for the event’s results and updates.
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