'Counter-Strike,' a popular video game series that features a first-person shooter style and multiplayer options is frequently seen in gaming tournaments -- however, some organizers and competitors have noticed that these events are too often not inclusive to women.
In order to change this, Petya Zheleva, a former professional Counter-Strike player, created 'Skylla,' an organization that seeks to help female gaming tournament competitors improve their skill all the while having a more positive experience.
Petya Zheleva explained Skylla by saying that it "is as much about being able to compete as it is building up teams who don't get the chance to play at higher levels and improve their game." With this, the organization allows women to come together and compete against one another in a safe environment every month, as well as "eight semi-professional male teams."
Skylla Encourages Female Bonding and Combats Sexism in Gaming
1. Increasing Gender-inclusive Gaming Tournaments - Opportunity to create more gaming tournaments that are inclusive and supportive of women gamers.
2. Empowering Women in the Gaming Industry - Potential to support women in improving their gaming skills and creating more opportunities for them to compete at higher levels.
3. Building Communities and Safe Spaces for Female Gamers - The chance to create organizations and platforms that provide a safe and supportive environment for women gamers to connect, compete, and improve their skills.
1. Gaming Tournaments - Opportunity to transform traditional gaming tournaments and make them more inclusive and supportive of women gamers.
2. Esports - Potential to address the gender disparity in competitive eSports by promoting more female-focused gaming tournaments.
3. Gaming Organizations - The chance to establish organizations that empower and support women gamers, providing them with opportunities to showcase their skills and connect with like-minded individuals.