Ever since G2 Esports first announced the creation of G2 Hel, League of Legends fans have speculated that this could be a sign that Riot Games is looking to expand the LoL esports scene with a circuit for marginalized genders. . This potential new competition could take a form similar to the Game Changers circuit that Riot has created for Valorant.
Additionally, Riot recently confirmed to Esports News UK that it plans to “continue to create and test more programs” around increasing diversity in League of Legends esports after ENUK sources claimed that the wheels had been set in motion for “a global women’s League of Legends esport”. circuit”.
Speaking to The Loadout at the LEC Finals in Malmo, esports presenter Frankie Ward notes the positive impact Game Changers have had on the Valorant scene, adding that it would be “cool” to see a similar circuit. come to life for League of Legends as well. “The importance of these leagues is to provide a platform for women to be seen,” says Ward. “I think seeing other women compete at the highest level is going to inspire more and more women to reach that level themselves and prioritize professional competition.”
Improving representation in the industry is one of the primary goals of establishing a circuit for marginalized genres, but the biggest incentive for publishers is that it would supplant market demand by creating opportunities of growth for the large community of players around the world.
Creating a contest for marginalized genres would also benefit the LoL ecosystem, according to Maximilian Schmidt, head of League of Legends esports in EMEA. Highlighting how inclusion is “incredibly important” to Riot, Schmidt says making the competitive LoL ecosystem more accessible is a “pathway to success.” Schmidt also says that those working on League of Legends esports at Riot are looking closely at Valorant’s Game Changers initiative to see if there are “any lessons we can learn for ourselves.” However, for now, Schmidt refuses to share any solid plans Riot may have for a future League of Legends circuit for marginalized genders.
While it may seem like uncertainty reigns behind the scenes, with Riot perhaps waiting for the first-ever Game Changers Champions LAN VCT to take place in November, other prominent figures in the scene strongly believe something is afoot. moving.
In particular, G2 Esports CEO and Founder Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodríguez Santiago confidently tells us “a circuit is coming”. According to Ocelote, this is the main reason the organization has created G2 Hel, a roster of experienced League of Legends players who should follow the same success G2 Gozen has had in the Valorant scene. He adds that G2 strives to be the best team in all competitions, and “that’s why Hel exists”.
Responding to Ocelote’s comments, Schmidt says establishing a new circuit in Europe “will have to happen” at some point, and he praises G2 for “encouraging this initiative”.
At the LEC Finals in Malmö, we also spoke to several fans about their thoughts on Game Changers-style competition in LoL. The overall vibe was positive and welcoming, although a few were concerned that the scene might be underfunded and that splitting the scene could further alienate mixed teams over time.
“The problem with women’s leagues is that they are mostly underfunded. I think Riot will push a bit more on this economic perspective. But I think everyone wants to have a real mixed league, but we can’t have it at the moment, so we have to be happy if a women’s league is created, because it will help the scene to be so exclusive”, we said a fan.
Another LoL fan shares his frustration with the lack of representation. “As a player, the female scene in League of Legends is really important to me. I think it sucks that we don’t have any representation, but I don’t think it should be forced, I think it should come naturally. There are a lot of female players who have it in them, if we tackle the patriarchy in the game, I think the issue of whether or not to have a female scene will solve itself.
Based on G2’s proactivity, Riot’s efforts in Valorant, and Schmidt’s comments, a League of Legends esports competition for marginalized genders seems not only inevitable, but extremely important.
There will be more information from Schmidt on a range of topics in a separate article to be published on The Loadout in the coming days.