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Women Banned for Upcoming Hearthstone Tournament

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Source: IeSF Facebook Page

?Female gamers are rare, but they are out there, lurking in the shadows ? waiting for a moment to strike.?

Though female gamers are scarce these days, they are still considered gamers. But with the recent decision of the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF), we might lose some hot chicks on the field. According to different sources, IeSF plans to ban female gamers from playing in the Hearthstone tournament.

But why would you ban these poor girls from playing Hearthstone?

International e-Sports Federation?s 6th e-Sports World Championship will take place on November this year. IeSF has been there for a while?but the most controversial decision that IeSF made is to ban female players from certain games in the competition. One of the most anticipated games in the competition would be Heartstone: Heroes of Warcraft and girls can?t be a part of it. Not only that, there are other games that girls would not be able to compete into.

Ultra?Street Fighter 4 and Dota 2 will be open only for male participants. It seems a bit sexist that IeSF would ban female players from these awesome games but IeSF clarified things as posted on their FB account. According to IeSF, there will be a division for both male and female.

In a comment on the thread that IeSF posted, they said:

?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.?

The whole ?ban? issue?must mean one thing, there were no girl competitors for these games.

Update: IeSF has updated the rules, probably after getting negative feedback from gamers.

“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.

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