Several professional League of Legends players reveal their thoughts on female players. The pros, who were surveyed anonymously, were mostly in favour of professional female League of Legends players though there were some concerns.
The pros’ responses follows heavy debate about getting professional female players into eSports, as the growing sector is overwhelmingly male.
League of Legends Pros on Female Players
33 professional League of Legends players from Europe and North America were anonymously surveyed by ESPN The Magazine for its February 6 issue. Asked whether they would have any “reservations” about adding a female player to their team, 73% (24 players) said that they wold not have any reservations while 23% (9 players) said that they would have reservations.
While one player explained that “if [a female player is] good enough, they’re good enough” and that they would not be hesitant at all, another League of Legends pro said that “If a female was to join my team, she would have to prove she was worth it more than a guy [in the same role].” One pro also explained that “”If one of my teammates could be attracted to that female player, then I’d be opposed to it.”
In 2015, League of Legends welcomed its first (and so far, its only) female pro, Maria “Remilia” Creveling. It’s positive to hear that if more female players were to follow in her footsteps, the majority of players (in EU and NA, at least) would welcome them too.
However, the survey also highlights the difficulties in actually getting women to go pro in the first place. While female-only teams and tournaments have been proposed as a solution, the cultural side of things (such as a non-welcoming environment) are just as much of a roadblock, something which Riot Games co-head of eSports, Whalen Rozelle, has noted.
If women are to feel genuinely included in the pro scene and will not be pushed out by outdated lines of thinking or the harassment that is often faced by female gamers and live-streamers, then plenty of things need to be addressed in addition to just how male League of Legends pros feel.