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UPDATE: Controversial Male-Only eGames Competition Rules Now Revised

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Update on eGames Competition: Yesterday, the IeSF has tweaked some rules after getting flak from gamers who were questioning why women won?t be able to compete in a Hearthstone multi-national tournament. This caused some major controversy because of gender discrimination.

Here’s the IeSF statement:
“The IeSF has listened to the gaming community and has carefully considered their opinions. Upon hearing these concerns, the IeSF convoked an emergency session of the IeSF Board to respond,” the notice reads. “As a result, IeSF shall have two event categories: ‘Open for All’ events and events that are reserved for women. The events which were initially set aside as the male division will now be open to all genders, and the events which were initially set as the female division will remain as they were.”

The?tournament program proper is as follows:

Open for All
Dota 2
– Participating teams may consist of 5 male players, 5 female players, or mixed team.
StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
– Players of all genders can participate in the event.
Ultra Street Fighter 4
– Players of all genders can participate in the event.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
– Players of all genders can participate in the event.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
– Players of all genders can participate in the event.

Female Competition
StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
– Female event is conducted separately, in parallel with “Open for All” event.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
– Female event is conducted separately, in parallel with “Open for All” event.

Before the announcement was made

International eSports Federation in South-Korea holds various video game competitions, and most of the time, the split up the tiers by gender. This year, games to compete at for men are Dota 2, Hearthstone and Starcraft, and Streetfighter IV while for women, they have StarCraft 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

They have been doing this gender-splitting for at least a year now, and a lot of people may ask what?s up with it. Their answer? “The decision to divide male and female competitions was made in accordance with international sports authorities, as part of our effort to promote e-Sports as a legitimate sports.”

Now this is some serious BS, if you?ll ask the REAL gamers. What?s up with this reasoning? In games like Hearthstone or Dota 2, any player with any gender can play the game. Gender won?t matter much with the game?s nature. You?re just pressing buttons, clicking and dragging. This doesn?t even include any physical involvement from the gamers like tennis, basketball or soccer.

IeSF knows how people have reacted to this controversy and made some statements on their Facebook page.

?Let me elaborate a bit on the decision to create both male and female competitions. This decision serves two main goals of the IeSF:

1 – Promoting female players. We know that e-Sports is largely dominated by male players and females players are actually a portion of the overall player base. By hosting a female-only competition, we strive to promote female gaming on a global scale.

2 – International standards. IeSF is very close to get e-Sports recognized as a true sports like it should be. Part of that efforts is to comply with the international sports regulations. For example, chess is also divided into male / female leagues.

But, we want you to know that we listen to you, and appreciate your feedback! Our efforts does not clash with the community opinion – but on the contrary – we are here for the future of e-Sports and will do our best to promote it as best as we can.?

Still, not everybody body would buy this reasoning.

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