Super Girl Gamer Pro – The Championship That Champions Women in Esports

The fact that women comprise 47% of all gamers in the US but are only afforded 0.005% of the spots at professional esports tournaments is pretty crazy – but Super Girl Gamer Pro intends to rectify the situation. This year the female-driven, multi-title esports tournament series will be enjoying its fourth year on the circuit, starting with weekly qualifier tournaments from 10th July – 6th September, followed by the all-important Super Girl Gamer Pro Championships on 3rd and 4th October. The tournament’s ultimate goal is to facilitate a future where women and men have an equal playing field within the gaming industry.

“This is a really important series for women, and I am so happy to be a part of it,” said Garrido, Captain of the women’s CS:GO team for Dignitas. “It’s such a great step for Super Girl Gamer to expand its reach to women throughout North America via the online qualifying series. Most people recognise how critical it is to create meaningful opportunities for women, and it’s been gratifying to watch the progress Super Girl has made over the past few years.”

“As part of our mission to provide opportunities for women in male-dominated industries, we are excited to expand the Super Girl Gamer Pro to include an online qualifying series,” said Rick Bratman, CEO of ASA Entertainment and producer of the Super Girl Series. “This is an exceptionally important initiative given the lack of opportunity and general toxicity towards women in gaming. The Super Girl Gamer Pro’s empowerment platform is the perfect vehicle to help propel this movement towards equality and inclusion.”

The tournaments will feature three popular esports titles: League of Legends, Hearthstone and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The reward is a nice cash prize alongside some sponsored prizes within the Championships. The event has received support from brands that are passionate about playing their part in developing equality for women in gaming including GameStop, Nissan, Zenni Gaming, Facebook Gaming, and Twitch.

Registration for all tournaments is free and will be held through ChallengerMode with the qualifiers being streamed live on Twitch and Facebook Gaming. For more information check out the official website here.

MMOGames.com is committed to bringing you all the freshest, funniest, and most insightful MMO news. If you enjoyed this content, why not share it with your community? And make sure that you never miss our updates and exclusive giveaways by following and favouriting us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

The post Super Girl Gamer Pro – The Championship That Champions Women in Esports appeared first on MMOGames.com.

Counter-Strike Co-Creator Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

News has crossed our desk of the arrest of a Counter-Strike co-creator early this Friday morning Eastern time in Seattle, Washington. Jess Cliffe has been booked for the sexual exploitation of a child, but has not been formally charged with the crime as of this writing.

counter-strike co-creator arrest

Cliffe was denied bail at his initial booking and is currently awaiting a bail hearing sometime this Friday afternoon. Initial reports from the local police do not indicate whether a child was actually harmed and also specify that Cliffe does not have a criminal history.

In a statement to Kotaku, Valve has confirmed that Cliffe has been suspended. “We are still learning details of what actually happened,” reads the statement. “Reports suggest he has been arrested for a felony offense. As such we have suspended his employment until we know more.”

Along with Minh Le, Cliffe was one of the original crafters of the Counter-Strike mod that was built for Half-Life and later bought by Valve to become a stand-alone game. Cliffe has been an employee at Valve since 2003 and has also done level design for Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left4Dead and Portal 2.

Our Thoughts

We, of course, will reserve judgement until additional facts about the arrest arise, but to say that this news is shocking and worrisome is pretty obviously an understatement. We’ll be sure to keep our eyes on this story as it develops.

Sources: KIRO 7 news, Kotaku

Articles Related to Counter-Strike

CS:GO Matchmaking Now Considers In-Game Behavior
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Arrives Free-to-Play in China
Immortals Lost Map One of DreamHack CS:GO Final to a Nap

The post Counter-Strike Co-Creator Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Child appeared first on MMOGames.com.