With the re-invigoration of fighting games we have seen an influx of girl and women tournament players. At Evo we think this is fantastic and want to reach out to this new demographic. When we announced this tournament earlier this week there were a lot of questions about how and why we were doing this. So, without further ado…
This is an invitational tournament for competitive women players.
The tournament will be made up of women and girls who have signed up for Evo’s open SSF4 tournament.
Women who sign up for the open tournament are automatically invited to the invitational free of charge.
[*]Prizes will be awarded for 1st - 3rd places. Exact prize amounts will be announced soon.
Q: Why is Evo holding a tournament just for women?
A: Evo strongly believes in open competition between any and all gamers. It doesn’t matter what country you are from, how old you are, or what gender you are, all competitors are equal. But the fighting game community has an unfortunate past of providing an inhospitable environment for women and girls. Because there are more women playing now than ever before, we feel it’s important to raise awareness that there are great women gamers out there and that bad behavior towards women is not acceptable at Evo, nor should it be acceptable in the FGC at large.
Q: Why do I have to join the open tournament to be invited?
A: Two reasons: first, we want to reinforce that the invitational is indeed a serious tournament. It is not just for fun and it is not a side show. The invitational will be made up 100% of women who have enough competitive juice to lay it on the line in the open tournament. Second, we want to reinforce that we are NOT trying to segregate women into their own tournament. The only way to play in the invitational is to participate in the fully open tournament against everyone else in the world.
Q: Why are you trying to get more women into fighting games?
A: The fact is that more women are already becoming interested in fighting games and tournaments. Yes, the number is small, but it is growing. We can either choose to ignore these new players, or work to remove the impediments that uniquely hinder this demographic from being fully embraced by the community.
Q: Isn’t this just a gimmick to get some pretty faces on stage?
A: No. This tournament is based in Evo’s fundamental belief that we can continue to reach out to a broader sphere of gamers. When we first started out, Evo catered strictly to Street Fighter players in the U.S. Over the years we have embraced players from other 2D fighters, then 3D fighters, and players worldwide. We think there is potential to have a permanent presence of women and girls in the competitive community, and that the community will be better for it. But in order for that to happen we as a community need to change the way we treat and look at women gamers. Evo believes that one of the ways to do that is to highlight some of the top women gamers out there in their own invitational.
Q: I’m transgender. Can I compete in the women’s invitational?
A: Anyone who self identifies as female can participate.
Q: I’m a woman entering the open tournament but I don’t like this idea. Can I opt out?
A: We’re not forcing anyone to join the invitational, but we hope all eligible women will compete.