Today the gaming company, Unikrn announced their new team into the eSports world, but these teammates don’t like some of teams we’ve seen now. Unikrn in conjunction with Luxbet, a division of Tabcorp, a world leading wagering business, have announced their ALL female Counter-Strike: Global Offensive eSports team. Luxbet will play a very important role, they will help funding all activities, coaching and events. Now, these ladies will not receive any special treatment – Unikrn says they will offer the team the same quality of resources, training and support – just like any male eSports team out now.
“Although there are no impossible barriers for women to get into professional gaming, the communities tend to be male dominated, online bullying is everywhere and sexism does exist,” said Neda Samimi, Team Unikrn Manager. “Knowing this, the broader community is very supportive of women in gaming, and I’m excited that Unikrn is using our platform to help create opportunities for female gamers!”
“I’ve always been a big advocate for women in technology, and since we started Unikrn we’ve been actively looking to promote women in professional eSports. We took months to scout the best female competitive CS:GO players in the world to build Team Unikrn,” said Rahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn. “In an ideal world, we’d see both men and women competing on the same teams, with and against each other, that’s the future of eSports. Team Unikrn is all about professional competition and hopefully it inspires other women to take the step and build a career around eSports.”
“The team at Luxbet is excited to be co-sponsoring Team Unikrn in their endeavour to be one of the best female CS:GO teams in the world.” said Tony Quinn, head of Luxbet. “We too are fans of women in sports and this is a great way for us to help bring a team of amazing professionals together and perhaps pave the way for other companies to step up and support women in eSports.”
‘Team Unikrn’ – the all-female team consists of Melania “Gina” Mylioti (Greece), Julia “Julie” Strunkowski (Germany), Perrine “Lalità” Allesiardo (France), Sophia “Kim” Benfakir (France) and Camilla “Parmaviolet” (UK). These ladies have already started training and will be competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournaments globally.
Finally, eSports fans will finally be able to see an all-female team going toe-to-toe with some of the best male teams around. With more women investing their time in playing, as well as making it out to tournaments – it seems as if the whole eSports industry is changing, and for the better.